O'Malley drops out of Governor's race

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -

Former Republican state Rep. Ed O'Malley says he is dropping out of the race for Kansas governor.

   O'Malley announced Thursday that he is reluctantly leaving the race because his campaign hasn't been able to raise enough funds to remain competitive.

   He is the first candidate in a crowded GOP field to end his campaign.

   O'Malley, CEO of the Kansas Leadership Center in Wichita, said in a statement that he hopes the state finds elected officials who are willing to listen to differing perspectives and find new ways forward.

   O'Malley's departure leaves several GOP candidates, including Gov. Jeff Colyer, Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer, former Sen. Jim Barnett, Wichita businessman Wink Hartman, former Rep. Mark Hutton and three high school students.

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