Republican Sean Parnell Suspends Pennsylvania Senate Campaign After Losing Custody Battle

Republican Sean Parnell has suspended his Pennsylvania senate campaign after losing a fight for custody of his children on Nov. 22.

“There is nothing more important to me than my children, and while I plan to ask the court to reconsider, I can’t continue with a Senate campaign,” Parnell said in a statement.

The judge granted Parnell’s estranged wife Laurie Snell sole legal custody of their three children and primary physical custody while Parnell was granted physical custody three weekends a month.

The ruling came after Snell had testified that Parnell occasionally abused her and their children.

Parnell has denied the allegations.

Some Republicans, however, have raised concerns about his viability as a candidate due to the allegations.

According to CNN, multiple Republican operations did not see how Parnell’s campaign could continue following the ruling.

Parnell had been endorsed by former President Donald Trump in the race.

Parnell had informed Trump of his decision to suspend the campaign due to the court ruling, according to Trump’s Spokesperson Taylor Budowich on Twitter.

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