Sen. Don Benton announced Thursday that he’s ending his campaign to unseat U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and endorsed Republican Dino Rossi in the race.
In a news release, Benton said it was important for Republicans to consolidate resources in what’s sure to be a tough race.
“This goal is extremely difficult to achieve when our resources are divided in a closely contested primary between several well-qualified candidates,” he said in the release.
Benton’s withdrawal came one week after Rossi, who narrowly lost to Chris Gregoire in the governor’s race in 2004, announced he would challenge Murray.
Brian Sandford, staff writer