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Rob Ford Withdrawing From Toronto Mayor's Race

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FILE - In this Dec. 10 2013 file photo, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford attends a news conference at City Hall in Toronto where he said he stood by every word he said during a televised interview in which he suggested a Toronto Star reporter was a pedophile. Ford was forced to apologize twice in order to convince the journalist to drop a defamation lawsuit. The libel noticed called for the mayor to issue an "unreserved, abject, complete apology" of all false claims. The second apology was accepted. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young, File) AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young, File

TORONTO (AP) -- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has withdrawn his re-election bid for mayor as he seeks treatment for a tumor in his abdomen and his brother has registered to run his in place.

The city clerk's office says Rob Ford will instead seek a seat on the City Council, after a nephew withdrew his candidacy.

Doug Ford, a city councilor who had been the mayor's campaign manager, submitted his registration papers to run for mayor in his brother's place.

The announcement ended a campaign that Rob Ford had pursued despite persistent calls for him to quit amid drug and alcohol scandals.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford withdrew his re-election bid for mayor Friday as he seeks treatment for a tumor in his abdomen, ending a campaign he had pursued despite persistent calls for him to quit amid drug and alcohol scandals.

Rob Ford will seek a council seat instead while Doug Ford, a city councilor and the mayor's brother, is now running for mayor.

A city hall clerk announced Rob Ford's decision two days after the mayor was hospitalized. Biopsy results on the tumor won't be back for a week and a definitive diagnosis is pending.

The election is scheduled for Oct. 27. Two other major candidates are still in the running.

Rob Ford's nephew also withdrew his nomination for a council seat, and the mayor is not seeking that seat.

Ford became an international celebrity last year after acknowledging using crack cocaine in a "drunken stupor" following months of denials.

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