Terrence Wall drops WI-Senate bid
Update, 4:02 pm: In an email to supporters, Wall confirmed his exit from the race. "With great reluctance, I am withdrawing my candidacy from the United States Senate race against Russ Feingold," he wrote.
Developer Terrence Wall (R) is expected to end his Wisconsin Senate bid by week's end, according to an informed Republican in the state, a move that would largely unite the party behind businessman Ron Johnson's (R) challenge to Sen. Russ Feingold (D) this fall.
An announcement from Wall is "imminent," according to a report by WisPolitics.com. Wall's manager, Ryan Murray, is out, according to GOP sources cited in the report, and two of Wall's campaign co-chairs are slated to switch their support to Johnson.
The expected announcement would come less than a week after another contender in the race, former Wisconsin Commerce Secretary Dick Leinenkugel (R), dropped out and announced he was backing Johnson.
Wall had been struggling to gain traction in the race. He had been self-funding his bid but came in a distant second at last weekend's state Republican Party convention with 18 percent behind Johnson's 64 percent.
The announcement clears the way for Johnson to become the frontrunner in the race and avoide a costly September primary. Another GOP contender, businessman David Westlake (R) did not make it past the first ballot at last week's convention, but he is expected to petition his way onto the ballot.
-- Felicia Sonmez
May 27, 2010; 1:44 PM ET
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