Young withdraws from Senate race

Republican Bob Young, former Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, announced Wednesday his withdrawal from the campaign to defeat Democrat US Senator Debbie Stabenow.

“After careful consideration, and heartfelt discussions with my family and closest friends and supporters, I have decided to withdraw my candidacy today for the United States Senate.

“I have had a remarkable time in this race, and have been truly humbled and blessed by the amazing support I have received along the campaign trail. After having won every straw poll of Republican grassroots supporters and leading in the latest GOP Primary Election polling, I understand that I’m departing from this contest while considered to be the frontrunner.

“However, my team and I have come to the conclusion that the only way to successfully retire Debbie Stabenow is through the early selection of a consensus conservative candidate who will remain true to conservative values and the rule of law, and who can focus the Party’s resources on winning in November.

“I want to thank the donors, volunteers and Party leaders who have backed my campaign, and I urge you to join me in continuing the important work of retiring Debbie Stabenow in 2018.”

Former Justice Young threw his hat in the ring in late June after spending 18 years on the Michigan Supreme Court. He had won election to an eight-year term that would have ended in 2019, but retired in Jan. 2017. Prior to that, he was a Court of Appeals judge for four years.