Tong quits Conn.'s US Senate race, endorses Murphy

Associated Press
State Rep. William Tong, D-Stamford, left, shakes hands with U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy as Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, center, looks on after Tong announced he is dropping out of the race for U.S. Senate and endorsing Murphy, at a news conference at Goodwin College in East Hartford, Conn., Tuesday, May 1, 2012.  (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

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EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Democrat William Tong has abandoned his bid for U.S. Senate and is throwing his support behind one-time rival Congressman Chris Murphy.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy joined the two at a news conference Tuesday and said he too is backing Murphy.

Tong, a state representative from Stamford, had gained national attention as the only Asian-American candidate for Senate this year in the continental U.S. But he was facing tough competition from Murphy and former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz (BY'-suh-wits).

Murphy is looking to consolidate support less than two weeks before the state's Democratic convention.

The nominee will face a Republican from a field including former Congressman Christopher Shays and former wrestling executive Linda McMahon. They are vying to fill the seat being vacated by Joe Lieberman, an independent.

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