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Candidate withdraws after record scrutinized

October 26, 2000

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— A candidate for the Kansas House of Representatives withdrew from the race after questions over claims he made about his education.

Republican John D. Randolph was running against Democratic incumbent Judy Showalter of Winfield in the 78th District.

Randolph's campaign announced his decision to withdraw Tuesday. His name will remain on the ballot because the deadline to remove it has passed, the Cowley County clerk's office said.

Neither Randolph nor his campaign would say whether he withdrew because of reports in The Winfield Daily Courier, which had questioned him Monday about his academic credentials.

"John very much feels that there have been some things said about his qualifications, ability to serve, campaign and family that he will deal with at the appropriate time and venue," his campaign said in a written statement Tuesday.

According to his campaign literature, Randolph, 46, attended Oklahoma Baptist University, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Southern California and Texas Christian University. He said he received advanced degrees in physics and theology, including a doctorate in physics from Oklahoma.

The Winfield Daily Courier contacted the universities after Showalter provided the newspaper with a letter saying Randolph had never attended the University of Oklahoma.

The Courier found that only Oklahoma Baptist University had a record of Randolph's attendance. According to university records, he attended for two semesters and did not receive a degree.

Randolph declined further comment about his academic record.

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