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Citing Health, Senator Prescott Bush Withdraws from Race

May 16, 1962 - Senator Prescott Bush (pictured) of Connecticut withdrew today as a candidate for reelection on the Republican ticket. His announcement took both Republican and Democratic leaders by surprise. He attributed his decision to ill health. Senator Bush’s withdrawal had immediate repercussions on the contest for the Republican nomination for Governor in Connecticut. The announcement touched off a drive to persuade former Gov. John Davis Lodge of Westport to become a candidate for Mr. Bush’s Senate seat. Mr. Lodge was defeated for reelection as Governor by Abraham A. Ribicoff, now Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, by a razor-thin margin in 1954. Mr. Ribicoff is a top-heavy favorite to become the Democratic candidate for Senator Bush’s seat. Thus a Senate race between Mr. Lodge and Mr. Ribicoff would be a return match between the two.

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