When Alabama candidate filing closed on Friday, local political observers were surprised that state Sen. Slade Blackwell (R-Birmingham) did not file for re-election and instead hopped into the Governor’s primary at the last moment. Now, he’s had second thoughts. Yesterday, just four days after entering, Sen. Blackwell announced that his is ending his fledgling gubernatorial campaign. Therefore, the state legislator will be out of elective politics beginning next year.
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