Ken Aden, a Democratic candidate for Arkansas' 3rd Congressional District, has withdrawn from the race, according to his website.
Aden had come under fire after the military said his claims of a Special Forces background were false.
"Unfortunately, the ongoing saga related to my military records has created a tremendous distraction for our campaign, and I did not want this to have adverse consequences for Democrats across the district or anywhere else in the state," Aden said in a statement on his website.
Aden had been running against Rep. Steve Womack, a Republican.
“We certainly respect Ken’s decision to withdraw from the race," said Candace Martin, a spokesman for the Arkansas Democratic Party. "He has a young family to consider. And I’m sure it will be good for him to have more time at home to focus on his family.”
Martin said Aden's decision means the Democratic Party will have no contender for the remainder of the congressional race against Womack.
Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.
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