Open-seat candidate Philip Hayes has suspended his campaign following the revelation that he did not receive a pair of degrees from Southern Methodist University as he has claimed. The Tyler Morning-Telegraph obtained official documents showing Hayes attended SMU but did not receive any degrees. The paper retracted its prior endorsement of Hayes.

In a Facebook post, Hayes said, “It is with a great sadness and remorse, that I announce that I am suspending my campaign. I full heartedly ask that all of those who were supporting me to vote for Jay Misenheimer. Jay is the most capable person in the race for House District 5.”

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