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Government leaker and transgender rights advocate Chelsea Manning entered the U.S. Senate race in Maryland to huge fanfare this year, but her campaign is poised to wind down quietly Tuesday when voters head to the polls on primary day.
Ms. Manning promised to shake up the race, using her high profile to push a platform that included creating a universal health care system, abolishing federal law enforcement agencies such as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and combating what she called the American “police state.”
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But the strain of being in the public eye after seven years in prison for leaking secrets took its toll, friends and advocates say, compounded by the attacks she has faced during the campaign.
That culminated in a strange episode late last month when she made several posts on social media suggesting that she was contemplating suicide before a tweet from her account later said she was safe.
Campaign spokeswoman Kelly Wright told The Associated Press after the incident that the candidate needed “space to heal” but that she had not suspended her campaign to unseat Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin in the Democratic Party primary .
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