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Losing Candidate Withdraws Lawsuit

Republican Ellen R. Sauerbrey, barely 42 hours after telling cheering supporters that she would “never” give up, announced Sunday that she is abandoning her historic state court challenge of Maryland’s 1994 gubernatorial election.

Sauerbrey and her running mate, Paul H. Rappaport, issued a terse statement from their suburban Baltimore headquarters, saying their pursuit in the Maryland Court of Appeals of alleged voting irregularities - scheduled for an emergency hearing Monday - “is being withdrawn.”

The statement came after Sauerbrey pledged to supporters at a $100-per-person reception Friday night that she would continue the fight.

Her abrupt reversal, according to several supporters, came after a tug-of-war between longtime friends and the election-law specialists she had hired. Her friends ultimately prevailed.