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Glenn F. Ivey, the former Prince George’s County prosecutor who had announced plans to challenge U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) is quitting the race, his spokesman said Wednesday.
Ivey had raised the ire of some party leaders for deciding to challenge a fellow Democrat for the newly drawn 4th Congressional District seat, which includes most of Prince George’s and part of Anne Arundel County. Other local politicians were quietly cheering him on, saying Edwards was not an easy colleague to work with.
Labor unions, which have strongly backed Edwards, put out the message early on that they did not want to have to spend much money in Maryland this year, when their dollars and organizing skills could be better used in races in key states such as Pennsylvania and Ohio, potential battlegrounds in the presidential contest.
Ivey had had a hard time raising money for his campaign, since he announced his plans in early November. He had collected about $160,000 before calling it quits Tuesday, said Ramon Korionoff, Ivey’s spokesman. Even his close friends, such as Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) had stayed neutral in the race.
“I just could not raise enough money to win,” Ivey said. “We could not figure out how to make the numbers work.”
Asked if he would endorse Edwards, he was noncommittal.
“It doesn’t even really matter,” he said. “There isn’t going to be a Republican challenger.”
He said he expected to do some political organizing work for the Obama reelection campaign in Virginia, where he grew up, and in Maryland.
Ivey’s exit leaves two lesser-known Democrats – George McDermott and Ian Garner – on the primary ballot against Edwards. The filing deadline is Wednesday.