Williams Drops Out of 5th District Congressional Race

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A Charlottesville Democratic candidate is dropping out of the 5th District congressional race. Peyton Williams conceded the campaign to Fauquier County candidate John Douglass Saturday.

Williams issued a statement congratulating Douglass for gaining enough delegates to become the party's nominee.

Williams said he and Douglass are continuing "productive discussions with the goal of uniting the party."

The NBC29 newsroom received the following statement from Peyton Williams:

I am writing to thank you for the support and encouragement you have given my campaign over the past few months.  Today, I am announcing that I am suspending my campaign for the Democratic nomination in Virginia's 5th Congressional District in 2012.  

I have spoken with John Douglass to congratulate him on a campaign well run, and to concede that he has the delegates to become the nominee at the District Convention.  The important thing now, as always, is to re-elect President Obama, elect Tim Kaine to the U.S. Senate, and support John Douglass's campaign to defeat Robert Hurt. 

John Douglass and I are continuing our productive discussions with the goal of uniting the party.  I am looking forward to participating in the 5th District Convention and to seeing my delegates and all the good Democrats who will be there.  I want to thank my family, my supporters, and my campaign staff once again for working harder than I thought possible and for believing in me.  

- Peyton