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Pastor drops out of Congressional race 8 days after entering

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Jamal Bryant, a pastor who announced last week that he was running for Congress, has dropped out of the race.

Bryant, who was visible during the unrest in Baltimore after Freddie Gray's death, announced Tuesday evening at his church that he was dropping out of the running for the House seat in Maryland's 7th District. The district includes the areas that erupted in riots.

Bryant announced he was entering the contest on Sept. 14.

Democrat Elijah Cummings has held the seat since 1996. There's been speculation Cummings would run to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski.

The pastor said he was dropping out because Cummings recently let him know he's "not going to offer himself to the Senate."

Cummings and his spokesmen did not respond to telephone messages late Tuesday.

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