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April 30, 2004

Phil bows out

Former state Supreme Court Justice Phil Talmadge has withdrawn from the governor's race. Talmadge is bowing out officially for health reasons. But he is also leaving because his campaign never got out of gear. He pondered leaving the race a few weeks ago, before he was diagnosed with a benign tumor on his kidney.

Talmadge's departure sharpens the distinctions in the race. Now it is just Attorney General Christine Gregoire and King County Executive Ron Sims in the Democratic primary and former Sen. Dino Rossi on the Republican ticket.

Interestingly, Talmadge declined to endorse either Democrat. He may change that posture in the months ahead, because Talmadge, if anything, loves to be in the middle of things. But the decision not to endorse either fellow Democrat says something about the wariness or even bad blood that developed among fellow Democrats in the quiet months of the primary election season.

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