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Monday, November 29, 2021

Sean Parnell Retired from Pennsylvania Senate Seat

Sarah Murray and Michael Warren | CNN

Sean Parnell, a Republican approved by former President Donald Trump for an open seat in the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, announced Monday that he was suspending his campaign.

The decision came after a judge granted Lori Snell, Parnell’s estranged wife, primary physical custody and sole legal custody of the couple’s three children, in accordance with an order that was made public on Monday.

“Nothing is more important to me than my children, and although I plan to ask the court to reconsider the decision, I cannot continue campaigning in the Senate,” Parnell said in a statement.

Trump spokesman Taylor Budovich said Parnell spoke to Trump on Monday to inform him of his plans. The former president backed Parnell, an army veteran and former congressional candidate, in September’s competitive Republican primaries. GOP Senator Pat Toomey is not running for re-election, and Democrats see the seat as one of their top picks in the 2022 midterm elections.

But the accusations against Parnell by his ex-wife have raised fears among some Republicans about his viability as a candidate. Snell accused her husband of choking her and injuring their children – all claims he denied.

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Parnell canceled fundraising events and began appearing less in conservative media. Several Republican operatives in and from Pennsylvania told CNN they don’t understand how Parnell’s campaign, which relied heavily on his children, including a large photo of him with them on his website’s home page, could continue after the ruling.

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