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Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 7:00am

Republican Schwarz Exits Congressional Race

A Savannah Republican is pulling the plug on his congressional campaign barely two months after entering the 2014 race for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston.

David Schwarz, a former Kingston aide and consultant, said Monday he's suspending his campaign because of strains on his family and the demands of fundraising. The 38-year-old first-time candidate launched his bid for southeast Georgia's 1st Congressional District seat in mid-May.

Schwarz reported raising $130,650 in the three-month period that ended June 30. Two other GOP candidates, state Sen. Buddy Carter of Pooler and Savannah surgeon Bob Johnson, finished the quarter with more money in the bank after taking out personal loans to help fund their campaigns.

Kingston's House seat became open after he decided to run for the U.S. Senate.