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Delong pulls out of Tory leadership race

The only woman in a crowded field of candidates to replace Alberta Premier Ralph Klein has pulled out of the Tory leadership race and thrown her support to a front-runner.

The only woman in a crowded field of candidates to replace Alberta Premier Ralph Klein has pulled out of the Tory leadership race.

Backbencher Alana Delong said Wednesday she will not be filing nomination papers, which require the signatures of at least 500 party members and a non-refundable payment of $15,000.

Delong is expected to announce that she's now supporting Jim Dinning as the next leader of Alberta's Progressive Conservatives.

Delong, who represents Calgary Bow in the legislature, ran a low-profile campaign compared with the other eight candidates, most of them former cabinet ministers.

Seven have already filed nomination papers, while political newcomer Gary McPherson says he plans to file his on Friday.

Any Albertan who buys a $5 Tory party membership can vote for the new leader on Nov. 25.