Congressional candidate Jaye DeBates has withdrawn his candidacy from the March primary ballot. 

The Granville resident was one of three candidates filing for the Republican nomination for the 16th Congressional seat, which is currently held by Adam Kinzinger (R-Channahon).

The district includes La Salle, Bureau and Putnam counties, and stretches north to the Rockford area.

DeBates faced two separate objections to the petitions he turned in, which both spelled out similar allegations — the signatures on the petitions were not genuine.

DeBates submitted his withdrawal Friday morning. 

The objections against DeBates’ petition signatures were reviewed Wednesday by employees with the Illinois State Board of Elections.

They examined 536 signatures in the objection filed by Luther Landon, and 338 of those signatures were found invalid.

That would reduce the 1,332 signatures DeBates turned in to fewer than 1,000.

He needed 1,192 valid names.

In the other objection filed by Carolyn Gerwin of Pontiac, the board examined 540 signatures and found 375 to be invalid.

With DeBates removed from the ballot that leaves only incumbent Adam Kinzinger and James Marter (R-Oswego) vying for the Republican nomination.

Brett Herrmann can be reached at (815) 220-6933 or svreporter@newstrib.com. Follow him on Twitter @NT_SpringValley.

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