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James suspends campaign for governor

Dec 09, 2021 2:02 pm

Adam Brewster and Graham Kates report for CBS News that New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Dec. 9 that she is suspending her campaign to be the nation's first black woman governor. Instead, she will attempt to win another term as attorney general. "I have come to the conclusion that I must continue my work as attorney general," James said in a statement. "There are a number of important investigations and cases that are underway, and I intend to finish the job. I am running for re-election to complete the work New Yorkers elected me to do." The Washington Post reported earlier in the day that James wants a deposition from former President Donald Trump on January 7 as part of her investigation into whether Trump's company committed financial fraud. The Trump Organization has not commented so far on whether Trump is cooperating, but the company said the investigation is "another political witch-hunt." She also drops out of the race as a Siena College poll released on Dec. 7 showed James trailing current Gov. Kathy Hochul with Hochul at 36 percent to 18 percent backing James, with New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams at 10 percent, and Congressperson Tom Suozzi and New York City Mayor de Blasio at six percent. Read more about this story at CBS News.