Sean Parnell, the Republican who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump in next year's Pennsylvania U.S. Senate race, suspended his campaign Monday after losing custody of his children in a divorce marked by allegations of past domestic abuse. Parnell was a leading GOP candidate in the closely watched race to replace retiring Sen. Pat Toomey, a Republican in a swing state that Democratic President Joe Biden won in 2020. With a 50-50 split in the Senate, the winner of this open seat in 2022 could determine which party controls the Senate. Several top Democrats, including Lt. Gov. John Fetterman and U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb, are also running for the seat. Trump's endorsement of Parnell's campaign had pushed the former Army Ranger out ahead of other Republican primary candidates, including Trump's former ambassador to Denmark. But Parnell's campaign has been on the rocks ever since court records surfaced in September of protective orders granted to Parnell's estranged wife, Laurie Snell in 2017 and 2018. In a ruling Monday, the judge overseeing Parnell's divorce said he believed Snell's allegations that Parnell had choked her and hit their children. The ruling awarded Snell full legal custody of the couple's three children, while Parnell was granted visitation rights, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. "I strongly disagree with the ruling today and I'm devastated by the decision," Parne . . . read the full article here.
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