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Two Democratic gubernatorial candidates drop out

Liberal radio broadcaster Mike Crute, left, dropped out of the Wisconsin governor's race after one month.

Two Democratic gubernatorial candidates announced Monday they are dropping out of the race.

Liberal talk radio host Mike Crute announced on his show he is ending his longshot run for governor one month after it began.

Crute had warned when he announced on April 14 that anyone who didn’t take his candidacy seriously did so “at their own peril.”

Jeffrey Rumbaugh, a crisis response outreach worker in Madison, also announced he was ending his campaign. He endorsed former Wisconsin Democracy Campaign executive director Mike McCabe.

Crute’s and Rumbaugh’s exits come as a June 1 deadline to submit 2,000 required signatures to get on the Aug. 14 primary ballot nears. Neither were among the top nine Democratic contenders vying to take on Republican Gov. Scott Walker in November.