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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford withdraws re-election bid

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In a July 9, 2014 file photo Toronto Mayor Rob Ford leaves his office at city hall in Toronto to take part in a vote. City official says on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 Ford is withdrawing from mayor's race. In a July 9, 2014 file photo Toronto Mayor Rob Ford leaves his office at city hall in Toronto to take part in a vote. City official says on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 Ford is withdrawing from mayor's race.

TORONTO (AP) — Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has withdrawn his re-election bid for mayor as he seeks treatment for a tumor in his abdomen and his brother has registered to run his in place.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

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

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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