NC Sen.-elect Withdraws Lawsuit against Dole

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina Sen.-elect Kay Hagan has withdrawn a defamation lawsuit against Sen. Elizabeth Dole over a TV campaign ad that Hagan said questioned her Christianity.

The ad from Dole's re-election campaign questioned why Hagan
attended a fundraiser hosted by an adviser to an atheist advocacy

Dole was criticized for running the ad in the final week of the heated campaign won by her Democratic challenger.

Dole's campaign had said the ad did not question Hagan's faith, only her agenda and associations.

Hagan said pursuing the lawsuit would only continue the focus
"on a very personal and negative attack." A Dole campaign
spokesman declines to comment.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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