Former prosecutor drops out of US Senate race in Kansas

Barry Grissom (left) and Sen. Barbara Bollier Barry Grissom (left) and Sen. Barbara Bollier
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -

A former federal prosecutor running for the U.S. Senate in Kansas as a Democrat has dropped out of the race and endorsed a rival only a day after she launched her campaign.

Barry Grissom announced Thursday that he is supporting state Sen. Barbara Bollier and urged Democrats to unite behind her. Bollier made headlines in December by defecting from the Republican Party and is running as a centrist.

Grissom is a Kansas City-area attorney and an executive in a company that invests in the legal marijuana industry. He was U.S. attorney for Kansas from 2010 until 2016 under Democratic President Barack Obama.

He said in a statement that a drawn-out primary contest would be harmful to efforts to capture the seat held by retiring four-term Republican Sen. Pat Roberts.

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