Virginia Republican lawmaker withdraws from race

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Republican lawmaker is withdrawing as a candidate for a state House race in a sudden and unexplained move.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Del. Nick Freitas told election officials Thursday he was dropping out as a candidate for his Culpeper-area seat.

Election officials were set to meet Friday to handle Freitas’ previous request that he appear on the ballot despite missing a filing deadline and submitting incomplete paperwork.

Freitas’ lawyer declined to comment.

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Republicans may try and nominate Freitas as the party’s candidate again. That strategy could be challenged in court.

Republicans might also mount a write-in campaign with Freitas or another candidate. A write-in campaign would divert resources from other races. The GOP is in a tough fight to hold on to their narrow House majority.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.richmond.com

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