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Actress Melissa Gilbert rules out Congress

Associated Press Associated Press 25/05/2016

Former Little House On The Prairie star Melissa Gilbert is dropping her run for Congress in Michigan.

Gilbert was the only Democrat challenging Republican US Rep. Mike Bishop in the 8th District, but in a statement on Tuesday, she says health problems are forcing her out of the race.

The 52-year-old Gilbert says she's following the advice of doctors because the head and neck injuries from two accidents in 2012 "have only gotten worse."

The filing deadline for the race has expired, but the Michigan Democratic Party says county parties in the 8th District can put another candidate on the ballot.

Gilbert, who played Laura Ingalls on Little House On The Prairie which aired on TV in the 1970s and 1980s, was president of the Screen Actors Guild from 2001-05.

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