FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Linda Greenwell, the Republican nominee for state auditor, has ceased her campaign efforts to spend time with her ailing mother.
Greenwell's 86-year-old mother has been hospitalized with pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and is not expected to recover, according to a press release on her campaign Web site.
"This is my mother, much more important to me than a political campaign," Greenwell said in the release. "I am sure the voters understand that situations like this do occur and would expect me to be with mother during this time."
Greenwell is facing Democrat Crit Luallen, the incumbent state auditor, in next Tuesday's election. Greenwell and Luallen faced each other for the office in 2003.
Greenwell was informed last week that her mother was hospitalized at Jewish Hospital in Louisville. While she will not be campaigning until further notice, her county contacts are continuing their efforts, she said.
Luallen won their 2003 meeting tallying 513,454 votes to Greenwell's 498,984.
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