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Melissa Gilbert Drops Congressional Bid

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Melissa Gilbert, former star of “Little House on the Prairie” and president of the Screen Actors Guild, said that she is dropping her bid for a congressional seat in Michigan.

Gilbert said that injuries she suffered to her head and neck in a 2012 accident have worsened.

“While I have received the best treatment and therapy I could have asked for, those injuries have only gotten worse,” Gilbert said, according to a statement she gave to the Detroit Free Press. “As much as it breaks my heart to say this, my doctors have told me I am physically unable to continue my run for Congress.”

Democrats had been eyeing the seat as a potential pickup. It is held by Rep. Mike Bishop (R-Mich.).

Gilbert had announced her bid for the 8th congressional district seat last summer, and tapped Hollywood for campaign contributions. She moved to Michigan with her husband, Timothy Busfield, a native of the state. At the time she announced, Republicans almost immediately attacked her over tax liens, although she has said that she was paying it off in installments.

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