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In a surprise move, the Rev. Jamal Bryant announced on Sept. 22 that he was dropping out of the race for Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings’ seventh district seat. Bryant, who is the pastor of the Empowerment Temple AME Church in West Baltimore, announced his intentions to run for Congress only eight days ago.

At the time he said he was hoping Cummings would run for Barbara Mikulski’s soon to be open seat. Mikulski announced earlier this year that she was retiring.  The Bryant announcement was quickly followed, however,  by a Cummings announcement of his intention to run for re-election.

Bryant made his announcement before congregants at Empowerment Temple early Tuesday evening.  A video of him speaking was posted to his Twitter feed and labeled as “Campaign Conclusion.” “Over the last couple of days I’ve had the opportunity to talk to our beloved and much revered Congressman and I have discovered he is not going to offer himself to the U.S. Senate but is in fact going to remain in the seventh congressional district,” Bryant said. “I want us to stand as two Black men who can make a difference.”

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