Bradshaw drops out of race for LTG
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Springfield-based physician and attorney Brad Bradshaw officially announced the suspension of his campaign for the lieutenant governor’s race after former Congressman Russ Carnahan’s entry into the race last week.
Bradshaw also said he would be holding off on his initiative petition, which end the prohibition on medical marijuana and regulate the substance in the state of Missouri.
“However, the hard analysis of the recent developments of Russ Carnahan entering the Lieutenant Governor’s race, the relationship between Carnahan and Koster, and several competing medical marijuana initiative petitions have caused me conclude that this election cycle is not the best for either a campaign for the Lieutenant Governor’s office or for the medical marijuana initiative,” Bradshaw wrote in a statement. “I am therefore suspending both campaigns for this election cycle. I wish all of my supporters the best, the best for our state and nation, and hope the outcome of this election moves us in that direction.”
Bradshaw’s campaign made noise with its outsider status and the extensive medical marijuana initiative petition. However, he failed to gain a lot of ground in his short campaign, and the entry of a candidate with some of the best name recognition in the state appears to have stunted any hopes Bradshaw had of capturing the Democratic nomination.
“I want to thank all of the people who have supported my campaign and initiative petition efforts,” Bradshaw said. “Words cannot express my appreciation.
“I wish all of my supporters the best, the best for our state and nation, and hope the outcome of this election moves us in that direction.”
With Bradshaw out of the race, Carnahan and state Rep. Tommie Pierson, D-St. Louis, are now the only contenders for the candidacy.