Another female congressional candidate who ran a primary challenge to a single-digit female incumbent is stepping down because she’s convinced she won’t have the resources or support to win.
Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin’s Republican challenger, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, won easily in the November primary. She gave Galvin what’s called a write-in campaign last November, allowing Warren to avoid an expensive and potentially divisive general election.
Galvin, whose term ends in June, stepped down Wednesday and “advanced the cause” of a variety of political issues, including whistleblower protection and the ballot referendum to repeal the health care law known as Obamacare, according to a statement from his campaign. He defeated Warren by 13 percentage points in 2016.
“I believe I should leave my career at the Secretary of State’s office on my own terms and I am hopeful the people of Massachusetts will find a way to say thank you for service by re-electing the most qualified candidate in the race, Bill Galvin,” Galvin said in the statement.
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court is considering Galvin’s political future. It ruled in May that Galvin can challenge the “approval of past years’ campaign activities of a sitting Secretary of State,” which is being used by prosecutors to charge him with campaign finance violations.