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Penn Law School alumnus and mayoral candidate Ken Trujillo dropped out of the mayor’s race Wednesday morning.

Trujillo’s exit comes as a surprise to observers who saw the political outsider as a wild-card candidate.

In a statement, Trujillo cited “family matters that require my full attention” as reason for his withdrawal.

Trujillo was still campaigning as of Tuesday night when he hosted a watch party for the State of the Union, a Penn student who volunteered on Trujillo’s campaign said.

“People were getting very excited about his opinions. It was sad to see him step out of the conversation going on in the mayor’s race,” the campaign volunteer said.

An anonymous source told the Philadelphia Inquirer that Trujillo planned to use his $3 million of campaign resources to sponsor another candidate. Trujillo “did not believe any of the remaining candidates fit that bill” and plans to “advance the chances of the right candidate.”

The Democratic candidates for mayor have narrowed to state Senator Anthony Hardy Williams, former District Attorney Lynne Abraham and former City Solicitor Nelson Diaz. 

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