Peanut Politics is reporting on Facebook that Chuck Pardue is out of the race for Senate District 23, formerly held by Democrat J.B. Powell. Pardue had recently qualified to replace Powell offically as an Independent.
The remaining candidate in the race, Jesse Stone, is a Republican. Thus, assuming there is no mechanism to replace Pardue since he was an independent, the Republican caucus has likely picked up a member.
Meanwhile, Peanut Politics indicates that Pardue’s reasoning is “family issues”, and asks that you keep him and his family in your prayers. We extend the same request.