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Citing Health Reasons, Potential DCCC Recruit Drops Out of Latham Race

Businessman Mike Sherzan, an early Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee recruit, halted his campaign Monday in Iowa's 3rd congressional district, citing "personal health issues."

Sherzan had been mounting a campaign against GOP Rep. Tom Latham, telling Hotline On Call in February that "it's just time for a change." Announcing his withdrawal, Sherzan said in a statement: "Ending my candidacy is very disappointing to me personally. In doing so, I wish all the people of the 3rd District of Iowa the representation they deserve, and to that end I will support the Democratic nominee."

That nominee may be former state Sen. Staci Appel, who recently met with the DCCC, according to Roll Call. Though Latham's district went to President Obama in 2012, he earned a comfortable reelection in a member-vs.-member race against Democrat Leonard Boswell that was prompted after the Hawkeye State lost a congressional seat in reapportionment. Latham declined earlier this year to pursue a 2014 bid for the Senate seat held by retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin.

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