Hollis announces for U.S. Senate _lowres

Rep. Paul B. Hollis

State Rep. Paul Hollis, R-Covington, announced Monday that he is dropping out of the U.S. Senate race.

In a statement issued by his campaign, Hollis said: “After prayer and thoughtful consideration, I have decided to withdraw from the U.S. Senate race in Louisiana. I am thankful for the outpouring of support from voters throughout the state and truly appreciate the tireless efforts of our campaign’s staff and volunteers.

“While my run for the U.S. Senate has come to an end, my desire to advance the conservative agenda is stronger than ever. In the weeks and months ahead, I will continue to fight for candidates and causes that will move Louisiana and America forward. Together, we can end Mary Landrieu’s liberal reign in Washington and ensure a brighter future for generations to come.”

Hollis, a businessman, had been one of three Republicans actively campaigning to defeat veteran Democrat Sen. Landrieu in the fall election. Remaining in the race are U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, of Baton Rouge, and retired U.S. Air Force Col. Rob Maness, of Madisonville.

“He’s a good guy, and he’s got a good future. He just found out his future was not in this Senate race,” said Hollis’ political consultant, Roy Fletcher.

Hollis had been largely self-financing his campaign. The last Federal Election Commission report capturing activity through the end of March showed $614,000 in campaign receipts — but 90 percent were loans Hollis made to his campaign. He had spent $186,691. A new report is due this week reflecting activity through June 30.

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