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Giuliani to Drop Out of Senate RaceAired May 19, 2000 - 1:01 p.m. ET
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NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: The breaking news is the AP reporting that New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will drop out of the race to be U.S. senator from New York, his opponent, of course, Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democrats. And the word is that he will make it official today. That's what the AP is reporting. As you will recall, Giuliani has announced that he is battling prostate cancer. He also announced just a couple of weeks ago that he is officially separating from his wife Donna Hanover.
And he said he would be making a decision on the future in just a matter of weeks, apparently that has happened. This of course will leave Republican leaders scrambling for his replacement. The state GOP nominating convention is just a few days away in Buffalo.
But Republican leaders, including the governor, George Pataki, had passed word that if the mayor bowed out of the race, their favored candidate to take on Hillary Clinton would be representative Rick Lazio of Long Island.
We will talk with CNN senior political analyst Bill Schneider coming up with more on what holds now for this Senate race. Who might be Mrs. Clinton's opponent, and what does this mean for her and the mayor?
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