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Adrain drops out of Providence mayor's race

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 By The Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Businessman Lorne Adrain says he's dropping out of Providence's mayoral race, saying the field of candidates posed a substantial risk to progress: an apparent reference to the entry into the race of former mayor and two-time convicted felon Buddy Cianci.

He said Monday it was a tough decision but that it “gives us all the greatest opportunity to move Providence forward.''

"We're still confident, but the problem is we have that unacceptable risk Buddy Cianci becoming mayor again to me that is no in the best interest in The City of Providence," said Adrain.

"I wanna stay positive about this.  He had a chance to run he choose not to for his own reasons.  Only he can answer why he is not running," said Buddy Cianci.    

Adrain first entered the race as a Democrat, but filed to run as an independent. He would have been pitted against Cianci, also an independent, Republican Dan Harrop and the eventual winner of the Democratic primary.         

That meant the winner could have won with a small percentage of the electorate.     

The race will still be a three-way race, but the winner will need more votes.

"Obviously now that there is one less independent going in there you've gotta think of it as perhaps a two man race at best a three man race and suddenly you have to be closer to 40% than just 33% or 30%," said Rhode Island College Professor Kay Israel.

Adrain says it still too soon to tell who he'll be supporting in the race.

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