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Ellis to drop out of race

 
Posted Friday, April 11th 2014 @ 2pm  by Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Republican Senate President Mike Ellis says the release of a secret recording of him discussing an illegal campaign scheme was the ``tipping point'' that made him decide not to seek re-election. Ellis announced Friday that he would not run again, ending a 44-year career in the state Legislature. The announcement came two days after the release of a hidden recording of Ellis during which he talks about illegally coordinating with a political action committee to smear his Democratic challenger. Ellis says that he had been thinking about not running for a while, but the video's release put him over the top. The 73-year-old Ellis says he feels like he no longer fits in in the Senate.

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