Pennsylvania state Senator and former Philadelphia firefighter Sean Parnell has suspended his campaign for the U.S. Senate, the candidate told CNN on Thursday night.
“After careful thought, I have made the difficult decision to suspend my race for US Senate in 2022,” Parnell told CNN. “I remain excited about the fight and the issues I’m fighting for every day in Harrisburg and I’ll continue to work hard to keep the political system working for the people of Pennsylvania.”
Parnell is a Trump backer who tweeted out the President’s criticisms of Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) during the last months of the campaign.
Parnell was officially listed as an eighth-place Republican candidate in the Senate race with close to 1,000 signatures. He said he will use the funds that he raised to run for re-election.
A spokesman for the Pennsylvania Republican Party had no comment.
The Parnell decision to pull out of the Senate race comes weeks after conservative West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice dropped out of a likely Senate race in the state to run for president instead.