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Indianapolis Democrat Keith Potts drops out of U.S. Senate race

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Keith Potts announced Monday he is dropping out of the race.

About five months after launching his bid, Potts announced on social media he won’t move forward with his campaign. Potts is an Indianapolis city-county councilor and after opting against a re-election bid for that office this year, Potts now said “new professional opportunities” will mean he won’t run for the U.S. Senate.

Potts’ departure from the race leaves Marc Carmichael and Valerie McCray as the two Democratic candidates vying for the open seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.).

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U.S. Rep. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) and John Rust are both seeking the Republican nomination.

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Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.