Harriman drops from US House race, cites illness

9:35 PM, May 29, 2012   |    comments
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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - The Democratic nominee for a southern Illinois congressional seat being vacated by Jerry Costello says he's dropping out of the race for medical reasons.

Democrat Brad Harriman says his withdrawal from the 12th Congressional District race comes after he talked with his doctor about what he calls a noticeably worsening neurological condition that now requires surgery.

The former regional education administrator didn't disclose the ailment he says he's endured since 2010, although he says it isn't life-threatening.

Harriman had been challenging Republican Jason Plummer for the seat Costello is leaving.

Only two men, both Democrats, have represented the 12th District since World War II. The district runs from the Illinois suburbs of St. Louis to the state's southernmost tip.

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