What looked to be a three-way race for congress is down to the traditional two-person race. Conservative Chip Maxwell circulated a petition to get on the Nebraska ballot. He says he has the signatures but now he won't run.
Maxwell says he fears he would siphon-off Republican support, handing the seat to the Democrats.
This would have been an unusual race but it will never get to that point now.
Maxwell had his eye on the District Two congressional seat held by Lee Terry since 1999 but now Maxwell is out.
He said, “I'm not endorsing Lee Terry but I will vote for him - one last time."
The former state senator says he will run for the congressional seat in 2016. Maxwell admits that he would have siphoned many votes from Terry. So many that he might have paved the way for Democrat Brad Ashford to unseat the incumbent.
Maxwell said, "I don't want a permanent rift. My goal was to unify and solidify the conservative majority in our district. I'm talking about Democrats and Independents as well as Republicans and Libertarians."
Maxwell admits he's eating humble pie over getting thousands of people excited about his run only to quickly pull the plug. He says there's no Republican deal that made him get out of the way.
In a statement to WIWT 6 News Lee Terry said, in part, "I appreciate the seriousness in which he has approached this race... but this campaign isn't about one person or even one party. It's about the issues facing our country."
State Senator Brad Ashford, the Democrat's candidate, said that this decision doesn't change a thing for him, that he just got back from Washington and quote, "D.C. is really bad. Washington is broken. It's not just about Democrats and Republicans. That's why I'm running."
One of the reasons Maxwell’s candidacy had been getting attention was the fact that Lee Terry outspent fellow Republican Dan Frei 20 to 1 in the primary. Terry won by fewer than 3,000 votes.