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Published February 16 2010

Schaffner out of U.S. House race

BISMARCK - Republican Paul Schaffner is withdrawing from the U.S. House race.

The Bismarck insurance agent and financial consultant previously was one of five Republicans vying for the GOP nomination in the House race to unseat incumbent Democrat Earl Pomeroy.

“Over the past few weeks, I have made the choice to remove myself from consideration for the GOP nomination for Congress,” Schaffner said in an e-mail statement Tuesday morning. “In short; I believe Kevin Cramer and Rick Berg best serve the GOP in pursuit of the House seat. My intention is to stay involved with the GOP and help elect two Republicans to Congress this fall," Schaffner said, referring to the House and Senate seats up for election.

Schaffner said he received support from the state party and other candidates in his House bid but stressed “this decision was mine alone.”