Sean Parnell suspends campaign after custody loss

Trump-backed Republican Sean Parnell has suspended his campaign for the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania after losing custody of his children.

The decision came after Parnell lost custody of his three children amid allegations of physical and verbal abuse of his estranged wife, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

According to the Inquirer, a judge granted Parnell's wife primary custody of their children following allegations of past physical abuse and uncontrolled anger.

The newspaper quoted Parnell denying the allegations.

The Army veteran was running for the seat held by conservative Republican Senator Pat Toomey, who is retiring after next year.

The Pennsylvania Senate race is seen as one of the most competitive races in the 2022 congressional elections, and could help determine which party will control the Senate.

Third-term U.S. Representative Conor Lamb is competing against a crowded field to capture the Democratic nomination for the Senate seat.

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