Jul 14, 2014 4:53 PM by Associated press

State lawmaker drops out of Louisiana Senate race

Republican state Rep. Paul Hollis says he's ending his bid to unseat Mary Landrieu and become Louisiana's next U.S. senator.

Hollis announced his decision Monday, saying it came after "prayer and thoughtful consideration." The first-term lawmaker from St. Tammany Parish gave no reason for dropping out of the race. But since filing his federal statement of candidacy in December, he's reported little fundraising and has lagged in the polls.

Hollis was one of three announced GOP contenders seeking to keep Landrieu, a Democrat, from a fourth term in office. Other Republicans for the Nov. 4 election are U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy and retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness, a tea party favorite.

Hollis said he will continue to work to oust Landrieu even though he's exiting the race.Republican Party of Louisiana Chairman Roger Villere issued the following statement regarding State Rep. Paul Hollis' decision to drop out of the race for United States Senate:

"As a businessman and elected official, Paul Hollis' conservative leadership has been an asset to Louisiana. Running for elected office is a trying, tiring process, but Paul did so with a great attitude - meeting and working with party activists around the state to spread his message and vision. Paul ran a positive campaign, talking about his ideas and plans for the future without resorting to attacking his fellow Republicans. He knows our ultimate goal - defeating Mary Landrieu and retiring Harry Reid as Majority Leader - can only be achieved with a united Republican Party.

"We look forward to working with Paul in the future to win elections and advance conservative solutions to the issues facing our state."



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