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Chavez exit stuns Republican Senate debate, shakes up local race

Chavez exit stuns Republican Senate debate, shakes up local race

Republican Senate candidate Rocky Chavez, an Oceanside assemblyman and former Marine colonel, abruptly dropped out of the race Monday evening just as the first GOP debate was about to begin.

Chavez’s announcement startled the small audience huddled inside the KOGO AM 600 radio studio in San Diego for what was expected to be a three-candidate forum.

He said it was crucial for a GOP candidate to survive the June 7 primary, and he insinuated that the top three Republicans in the race could splinter their party’s vote and allow Democratic hopefuls Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris and Rep. Loretta Sanchez of Santa Ana to have the ballot to themselves in...

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