Caroline Kennedy abandons bid for U.S. Senate seat

NEW YORK - (AP) - Caroline Kennedy says she is dropping out ofa bid to win appointment to the U.S. Senate seat once held by herslain uncle, Bobby Kennedy. In a statement released early Thursday, she says she told Gov.David Paterson that she is abandoning her attempt to succeedHillary Rodham Clinton for personal reasons. Her uncle, Sen. Edward Kennedy, suffered a seizure onInauguration Day. Spokesmen for Caroline Kennedy and for Paterson, who will makethe appointment to fill the seat, wouldn't comment. The decision capped several hours of mixed signals. Kennedy'seffort began late last year with popular support that witheredafter she drew criticism and questions about her finances.

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