Josh Kraushaar reports in the Politico:
Republican state Sen. Ralph Hudgens of Georgia is dropping out of the special election to replace the late Rep. Charlie Norwood, according to a source close to his campaign. Hudgens was considered one of the two leading candidates for the seat.
That departure leaves GOP state Sen. Jim Whitehead as the odds-on favorite, for now, to win the June 19 special election. Norwood, a Republican, died Feb. 13 after a long illness.
Hudgens had initially been seen as a frontrunner in the race to replace Norwood, who had held the Athens-based seat since 1995.
Hat Tip: Political Insider