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Paterson Finally Forced Out, Will End Election Campaign

Multiple sources report that New York Governor David Paterson, reeling from a damaging New York Times story about intervening in an aide’s domestic violence case, will end his campaign for Governor. An announcement is expected later today.

The Times printed three successive stories about Paterson in the last couple weeks, after rumors flew that their stories would force a resignation from the Governor. To be clear, no resignation is expected yet, just an end to the election campaign, although the former is being discussed.

No official announcement has been made, but the Post says one is expected later today. Two sources familiar with the decision confirmed to TPM that Paterson will end his campaign.

A Democratic source familiar with New York politics tells TPM the Times story was a “profound disappointment” to Paterson’s friends and staff. “There’s an ongoing discussion about resigning his office,” the source said.

National Democrats are confident that they can hold the New York governorship, an official with the Democratic Governors Association tells TPM.

Three of the statewide Democrats on the ticket in New York State in 2006 have now resigned their posts or declined to run for re-election: former Governor Eliot Spitzer, then-Lt. Governor Paterson and former Comptroller Alan Hevesi.

Paterson was inundated by allies with requests not to seek re-election, according to the Times.

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, one of the survivors on the Democratic side of that 2006 election, is widely expected to seek the Governor’s office.

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