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Oxendine pulls out of Lt. Gov. race

Valdosta- State Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine is pulling out of the race for Lt. Governor.

Oxendine had already raised $548,000 for the Lt. Governor campaign. He'd also formed an exploratory committee that found he was the republican front runner.

But Oxendine says he's concerned about rural health care and hidden tax issues, and he'll be able to do more to improve those areas as state insurance commissioner.

"The staff at the Lt. Governor's office is being cut down to just a few people and I don't feel like I'd be able to mold the future of this state with that job," said Oxendine.

Oxendine was in Lowndes County Tuesday to talk to the North Valdosta Rotary Club and Association of Insurance Agents about rural health care and tort reform.

posted by ashley.harper@walb.com