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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Caroline Kennedy says she is dropping out of
a bid to win appointment to the U.S. Senate seat once held by her
slain uncle, Bobby Kennedy.
In a statement released early Thursday, she says she told Gov.
David Paterson that she is abandoning her attempt to succeed
Hillary Rodham Clinton for personal reasons.
Her uncle, Sen. Edward Kennedy, suffered a seizure on
Spokesmen for Caroline Kennedy and for Paterson, who will make
the appointment to fill the seat, wouldn't comment.
The decision capped several hours of mixed signals. Kennedy's
effort began late last year with popular support that withered
after she drew criticism and questions about her finances.