Kurita drops out of Senate race

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Democratic State Senator Rosalind Kurita dropped out of the race for U.S. Senate Wednesday.

Kurita did not give a reason for quitting the race, but acknowledged raising money has been difficult. She trailed Congressman Harold Ford Junior of Memphis significantly in fundraising.

Kurita said she has not decided whether she will endorse Ford.

Kurita, a Clarksville nurse, jumped in the Democratic race early, about five months before Ford, now the only major Democratic candidate seeking Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's seat.

A December campaign finance report showed Kurita had raised just over half a million dollars and spent about half of that. Ford had raised about 3 million dollars.

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