Republican Tom Allon drops out of NYC mayor's race

Republican Tom Allon drops out of NYC mayor's race

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NEW YORK (AP) - Republican Tom Allon has given up his long-shot bid to become mayor of New York City.

The publisher said in a statement Monday that he has acquired a political news organization, City and State Media.

The former Democrat had switched parties for his attempt to make it to the 2013 general election ballot.

The Republican field now includes businessman John Catsimatidis; former Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joseph Lhota; and George McDonald, who heads a nonprofit for the homeless.

Former Bronx borough president Adolfo Carrion is unaffiliated but running as the Independence Party's candidate. He's also seeking the Republican nomination.

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