Senator Yee Drops Out of Sec. of State Race, Name Still on Ballot

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Senator Yee sits in the back of a car as he leaves a federal building in San Francisco Wednesday.


A day after he was arrested on suspicion of wire fraud and firearms trafficking, state Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) said Thursday he is dropping out of the race for secretary of state in this year’s election.

WATCH: Steinberg to Yee: “This is Sickening”; “Leave”

However, Yee’s decision came too late to take his name off the ballot for the June 3 primary, where it will appear along with seven other candidates seeking to become California’s top elections official.

Opponents in Secretary of State Race Comment After Senator Yee’s Arrest

“I hereby withdraw my candidacy for election of Secretary of State, effective immediately,” Yee wrote in a letter to Secretary of State Debra Bowen.

READ: Senator Yee Faces Long List of Charges

The state election code says that no candidate can withdraw from the ballot after their declaration of candidacy is filed, according to Shannan Velayas, a spokeswoman for the secretary of state.

But Yee is not going to be campaigning for the post, an advisor said.



READ the whole criminal document, list of charges

DETAILS: Senator Yee Indicted on Arms Trafficking, Public Corruption Charges

WATCH: Agents Take Evidence from Senator Yee’s Office

 Steinberg to Yee: “This is Sickening”, “Leave”

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