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Democratic Lt. Gov. Candidate Scott Lee Cohen Exits Race Amid Furor

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Democratic Lt. Gov. Candidate Scott Lee Cohen Exits Race Amid Furor

Scott Lee Cohen last Thursday. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

The Democratic nominee for Illinois lieutenant governor has dropped out of the race less than a week after winning the nomination amid a political uproar about his past. Scott Lee Cohen announced his decision Sunday night at a Chicago bar. The pawn broker and owner of a cleaning supplies company won the nomination Tuesday. Since then, it has become widely know that he was accused of abusing his ex-wife and holding a knife to the throat of an ex-girlfriend.

The girlfriend herself had been charged with prostitution. He also admits using steroids in the past. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who would have been paired with Cohen on the November ticket, U.S. Rep. Danny Davis and Sen. Dick Durbin all had urged Cohen to leave the race.

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