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Killian withdraws from Hartford mayoral race

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Robert Killian speaks during the Hartford mayoral debate this week. He dropped out of the race on Friday. (WFSB) Robert Killian speaks during the Hartford mayoral debate this week. He dropped out of the race on Friday. (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Robert Killian announced on Friday that he is dropping out of the race for Hartford mayor and is endorsing Luke Bronin.

“I believe my whirlwind campaign for Mayor, which ends today, has had the effect of sharpening the debate and has required others who seek the office to sharpen their recognition of the issues I believe are crucial to our city’s future,” Killian said in a statement on Friday.

“I believe Hartford will fail without new leadership. I don’t believe the Mayor holds out any promise for change. I think I do and I think Luke Bronin does,” Killian said.

Bronin said that Killian "ran a great campaign" and added that he admired "the passion, knowledge, and straight talk that characterized his run from day one."  

"Bob has served the people of Hartford with integrity and wisdom for more than thirty years.  I am honored to have Bob’s support, and I look forward to seeking his advice and counsel as the campaign proceeds — and beyond.  With Bob’s gracious endorsement today, it’s clear our campaign is gaining momentum at a critical time.  Working together as one city, we can bring new leadership to City Hall," Bronin said in a statement on Friday. 

The departure of Killian leaves Bronin and incumbent Mayor Pedro Segarra in the race for the Democratic nomination for Hartford mayor,

“For Luke and me, that’s good news and based on the Mayor’s high name recognition and low voter commitment, it suggests the Mayor would not be able to survive a two way competition but could possibly eke out a victory, with fewer than 35% of the vote, in a three way contest," Killian said. 

The candidates engaged in a debate this week, which was moderated by Eyewitness News.

To read Killian's full withdrawal statement, click here

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