Affair derails Alabama secretary of state's political hopes

FILE - In this Tuesday June 25 , 2019, file photo, Secretary of State John Merrill announces that he is running for the U.S. Senate during a news conference at the State Capital Building in Montgomery, Ala. Merrill said Wednesday, April 7, 2021, that he will not run for any elected office the following year because of poor choices he made that impacted his family.

MONTGOMERY, ala. (AP) — Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, a prominent state Republican viewed as having higher political ambitions, said Wednesday that he will not run for any elected office next year because of poor choices he made that have impacted his family.

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