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Ex-Democrat MacBeth ends short-lived run for Congress

Rhode Island state Rep. Karen MacBeth says she's ending her bid for Congress, less than two months after announcing her campaign.

MacBeth said Monday that running for Congress was different than she expected, saying she wasn't prepared for the fundraising commitment required.

The elementary school principal from Cumberland also says she's newly engaged and worried about the impact being in Washington would have on her marriage.

MacBeth abruptly quit the Democratic party in late March and announced a week later she was running for Congress as a Republican against incumbent Democrat David Cicilline in the 1st Congressional district. H. Russell Taub is now the only Republican in the race.

Cicilline is running for his fourth term. Rhode Island's first district covers the easternmost part of the state.

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