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Sen. Leland Yee has withdrawn from the secretary of state's race, but his name will remain on the June ballot.

Yee, a San Francisco Democrat, was charged in federal court Wednesday on charges including corruption and conspiracy to traffic weapons. He sent a letter to Secretary of State Debra Bowen today announcing his immediate resignation from the race for the office that oversees California elections.

But state law prohibits Yee's name from being removed from the ballot because he's already declared his candidacy, said a spokeswoman for the secretary of state's office.

A 137-page FBI affidavit alleges that Yee operated in a pay-to-play fashion as he raised money for his secretary of state campaign, performing favors in the Capitol for donors who turned out to be undercover agents.


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