Tom Delay Drops Out of Reelection Bid
Chris Matthews of MSNBC reported the news at about 9:15 p.m. after a conversation he said he had with DeLay on Monday night. A few minutes later CNN and the Washington Post confirmed it. The Associated Press reported that DeLay made similar statements to the Galveston County Daily News and to Time magazine.
DeLay campaign staffers could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday night.
"It was obvious to me that the 22nd District deserved more than an election that was turning into a referendum on me rather than what was important to the district," DeLay told the Galveston paper.
"He basically looked at the polling," Matthews said of a conversation he had with DeLay. "He said the (negative) trend continued. He said he expected to take a beating all summer" on news about developments in the Jack Abramoff scandal and the Texas indictments DeLay faces.
Matthews said DeLay told him he felt he had a 50-50 chance of winning re-election, "but he said another Republican could walk into that district."
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