Republican hopes of reclaiming the House seat now held by Democrat John Hall have taken a blow with today’s decision by Andrew Saul to withdraw from the race.
Saul, a businessman and investment manager from Katonah, announced in a statement that he is stepping down as a candidate in the 19th Congressional District “due to personal reasons.”
“I want to thank everyone who has been supportive of this campaign,” Saul said.
While a few Republicans have expressed an interest in running against Hall, Saul appeared to be in the best position to take on the former 70s pop singer. He had already been aggressively raising money for the race.
As of his Oct. 15th report, Saul had raised more than $781,000 for the race.
Hall defeated incumbent Republican Rep. Sue Kelly of Katonah in 2006, winning 51 percent of the vote. National Republicans have already targeted the seat as one of their top priorities in 2008.
UPDATE – Rockland Republican Chairman Vincent Reda and Westchester GOP Chairman Doug Colety both said they were disappointed with Saul’s decision to withdraw from the race but expressed confidence that they would be able to find another candidate.
“We will not be bankrupt for candidates,” Reda said. “They will be coming out of the woodwork for that seat.”