The Democratic nominee to oppose Republican Rep. Steve Womack in Arkansas's 3rd District has dropped out of the general election after falsely claiming to have served in the Special Forces during his military service.

In a statement, Ken Aden said: "The ongoing saga related to my military records has created a tremendous distraction for our campaign, and I did not want this to have adverse consequences for Democrats across the district or anywhere else in the state."

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that state Democratic Party spokeswoman Candace Martin said the party will no longer contest the district. Even with a competitive election, Womack was considered a shoo-in for a second term.

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