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Del. GOP to Make Announcement About Bodenweiser's Campaign Status

Eric Bodenweiser (Photo: WBOC) Eric Bodenweiser (Photo: WBOC)

GEORGETOWN, Del.- Sussex County GOP Spokesman Duke Brooks will make an announcement Tuesday concerning the suspension of Republican candidate Eric Bodenweiser's campaign for the 19th District senate seat in Delaware.

According to the Delaware Republican Party, Bodenweiser said he is stepping down for personal reasons.

The longtime politician is rumored to be the subject of a police investigation that alleges criminal conduct nearly 20 years ago. Police will not confirm or deny an investigation.

The Delaware Department of Elections said that Bodenweiser must officially withdraw from the race to be removed from the ballot.

According to the Department of Elections, it is likely too late to change the machine ballot and many absentee voters who already submitted their forms are requesting new ballots.

Republican and former Georgetown Mayor Brian Pettyjohn is running as a write-in candidate and said he hopes Bodenweiser's supporters will now back him.

Bodenweiser still officially remains a candidate and Republican insiders have expressed concern that having two Republicans in the race could split the vote, handing the seat to Democratic candidate Jane Hovington.

State Sen. John Booth, who was upset by Bodenwiser in the Republican primary, said he would be interested in running but would be unlikely to be able to get on the ballot at this stage.

The Department of Elections said the Republican Party can only add a name to the ballot if the candidate dies, becomes mentally ill or physically incapacitated.

Brooks' announcement is expected by Tuesday afternoon.

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