Sunday, June 27, 2004
Kenyan-born Obama all set for US Senate
Kenyan-born US Senate hopeful, Barrack Obama, appeared set to take
over the Illinois Senate seat after his main rival, Jack Ryan,
dropped out of the race on Friday night amid a furor over lurid sex
The allegations that horrified fellow Republicans and caused his
once-promising candidacy to implode in four short days have given
Obama a clear lead as Republicans struggled to fetch an alternative.
Ryan’s campaign began to crumble on Monday following the release of
embarrassing records from his divorce. In the records, his ex-wife,
Boston Public actress Jeri Ryan, said her former husband took her to
kinky sex clubs in Paris, New York and New Orleans.
"It’s clear to me that a vigorous debate on the issues most likely
could not take place if I remain in the race," Ryan, 44, said in a
statement. "What would take place, rather, is a brutal, scorched-
earth campaign – the kind of campaign that has turned off so many
voters, the kind of politics I refuse to play."
Although Ryan disputed the allegations, saying he and his wife went
to one ‘avant-garde’ club in Paris and left because they felt
uncomfortable, lashed out at the media and said it was "truly
outrageous" that the Chicago Tribune got a judge to unseal the
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