Lancaster City Councilwoman Angela Underwood Jacobs announced Monday she was ending her campaign to fill the 25th Congressional District seat in 2020.
Her eight-month candidacy ended after learning that former Rep. Steve Knight decided to re-enter the race. She said she would be “stepping aside and supporting (Knight).”
“While it pains me to step aside and suspend my campaign, I know it is the right thing for me to do at this time,” Jacobs said in a statement. “Now more than ever, Republicans need unity, and I believe the right thing to do is to get behind the candidate who has the best chance of building the resources to win the primary and ultimately defeat a liberal Democrat next November. That is why I am stepping aside and supporting Steve Knight to take back the 25th.”
Jacobs said she decided to run when it became clear that Knight would not seek re-election against now-former Rep. Katie Hill, who defeated him in 2018. “I would be the best candidate to defeat Hill and play a role in making our country stronger, safer and more prosperous,” she said at the time.
She had raised more than $224,000 for her campaign and an ending cash-on-hand of $188,000.
Jacobs was unavailable for comment to discuss how she planned on using the funds.
She is the latest to announce an end to their campaign, following Mark Cripe, a Los Angeles County sheriff’s sergeant and former U.S. Marine who pulled out of the race last week.