ALBANY, N.Y., Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Jeanine Pirro, a New York Republican, said she is withdrawing from the U.S. Senate race that would have pitted her against Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Pirro issued a statement Wednesday saying "my head and heart remain in law enforcement" and that she planned to announce a run for state attorney general next month. She is currently the Westchester County attorney general.
Pirro said she made the decision after meeting with state GOP leaders, but the decision had been rumored for weeks as the Republican had trouble raising cash and Clinton, a Democrat, was amassing a war chest of at least $14 million toward re-election, The New York Times reported.
The announcement leaves the Republicans without a Senate candidate but the Times said they may try to convince Ed Cox, who was once a candidate for the party's Senate nomination, to re-enter the race.