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Dropouts and endorsements in senate race

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Big changes in the US Senate race in Alabama.

Two candidates drop out and endorse their competitors.

On the democratic side, Brian McGee of Lee County decided to pull out of the Democratic race and throw his support for former US Attorney Doug Jones. "I believe Doug Jones will represent the normal everyday Alabamian in the senate and that is why I'm withdrawing from the special election," McGee said. 

McGee said he believes Jones will fight for healthcare for veterans and against the privatization of the VA.  

Jones said he opposes what the Republican candidates for the senate are advocating.

“So many of the front runners are talking about getting the United States government out of education, out of healthcare. We need to protect the environment. We need to have more protections in place,"Jones said

Over at the state Republican headquarters, Dom Gentile said he is being forced to withdraw because of his wife's health.

"My lovely wife of 29 years was diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer. So it's time for me to be at her side, fighting to help her and others stricken by this nasty disease," Gentile said.

Gentile said Brooks is the most conservative and ethical candidate in the GOP race. Brooks said his support could make a difference in a tight race.

"If you look at the most current polling. You got Mo Brooks, Luther Strange tightly bunched 3,4,5 points apart. All of us in the twenties," Brooks said.

This leaves seven Democrats and ten Republicans for the primary which is set for August 15th.

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