Democratic nominee Brad Harriman has dropped out of the race for Illinois's 12th Congressional District due to a worsening medical condition, according to a release from his campaign. The Belleville News Democrat:
"Today, it is with a heavy heart that I must announce that I am ending my campaign after consultation with my doctor. I know in my heart that this decision is in the best interest of the voters of southern Illinois who deserve a candidate that can withstand the pace that this race will require," Harriman said.
He added, "My condition has noticeably worsened over the course of the campaign to the point that if I do not address it with surgery, I am facing irreparable damage. While it is non-life threatening, I need to address it now."
Harriman said he has lived with a neurological condition without limitation or noticeable change since 2010, though he began noticing worsening symptoms in May and underwent testing to determine whether his condition had worsened. His physician advised of long-term and permanent injury if the condition is left untreated and allowed to worsen over the course of the campaign.
According to a report by the Associated Press, Democratic Rep. Jerry Costello will not reverse his decision to retire, and he will instead aid in the process of finding a new candidate. County Democratic chairs will choose the new nominee, as their GOP analogues did in the 12th District recently after Republican Rep. Tim Johnson abruptly retired after winning his primary.