Desiree Pilgrim-Hunter has ended her campaign against scandal-ridden Pedro Espada, clearing the field for former Gillibrand aide Gustavo Rivera.
From Bronx News Network:
Money, or lack of it, was the main reason she decided to end her bid, [Pilgrim-Hunter] said. Despite several fundraisers in supporters’ homes, she had raised only $30,000, while Espada already has more than $300,000 on hand.
Liz Benjamin weighs in:
For the record, [Bill] Samuels [of New Roosevelt Initiative PAC] called on Pilgrim-Hunter to drop out of the race, noting at the time the more narrow the field against Espada the better the chances are of ousting him
Despite NRI’s endorsement, an objective indication of the race’s competitiveness will be how much Rivera has raised this quarter (the petition and campaign finance deadlines are tomorrow).
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