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Republican Attorney General candidate drops out

Republican Peggy Marshall Thomas has dropped out of the Attorney General’s race.


State Republican party vice chair Emily Taylor confirmed Thomas is out.  

She was the only GOP candidate in the race and would have faced the winner of next month’s four-way Democratic primary in November.

Thomas released a statement saying, “After talking with my family this weekend, I have made the very difficult decision to withdraw from the Attorney General race. I want to thank the many people who worked to support my campaign and shared my vision for the Department of Justice.”

As of close of business Monday, Taylor said Thomas had not yet had her name officially removed from the ballot.  That needs to happen for the GOP to nominate a new candidate.

Taylor says the State Republican Party will meet Tuesday evening to begin seeking a replacement.

“We have a committee that we put together back in April … and that committee has reconvened,” she said. “We don’t have formal announcement yet but we’re hoping to get new candidate in there soon.”

She noted that time is of the essence. 

“We’re getting relatively close to the elections and we’re looking to do something as quickly as possible," she said.

Taylor said State GOP Chairman Mike Harrington was alerted Monday morning of Marshall’s withdrawal “for personal reasons.” Taylor said the party is sad to lose her as a candidate, and wishes her well.

Thomas had said that her first priority as Attorney General would be to address legislation surrounding victim advocacy.

Thomas served as prosecutor in the Attorney General’s office for 30 years. Since retiring in 2016, she’s worked as a House attorney in the General Assembly.

Tom Neuberger, another Republican, had announced his intention to run for AG last fall, but changed his mind after deciding to represent a Wilmington firefighter in his suit against the city.

Democrats LaKresha Roberts, Kathy Jennings, Chris Johnson and Tim Mullaney will face off in the primary on September 6th.

This story has been updated. 

Sophia Schmidt is a Delaware native. She comes to Delaware Public Media from NPR’s Weekend Edition in Washington, DC, where she produced arts, politics, science and culture interviews. She previously wrote about education and environment for The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, MA. She graduated from Williams College, where she studied environmental policy and biology, and covered environmental events and local renewable energy for the college paper.
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