About a year after announcing his intent to run for governor, state Sen. Charlie Janssen is dropping out of the Republican heavy race.
In a statement released early Monday morning Janssen cited the big budgets in the Republican primary as a reason for his departure from the race. He said, "Without an established name or a big checkbook, the odds of victory are long."
Read his full statement below:
"I entered the race for Governor last February as a dark horse candidate with a lot of ground to cover. So I jumped in my truck and drove more than 40,000 miles around the state to introduce myself to the Nebraskans who'll decide this election.
"A year later, I know I've made an impression but, as the song goes, I've got a long way to go and a short time to get there.
"This will quickly become one of the most expensive Republican Primaries for Governor in our history. Without an established name or a big checkbook, the odds of victory are long.
"There's just too much ground yet to cover, so I'm withdrawing from the race today.
"I can't begin to thank the people who've helped me in this campaign. We received donations from more than 600 individuals in Nebraska, and dozens of volunteers gave their time selflessly to this effort.
"But while the campaign for Governor may be over, the fight to defend the principles of freedom and liberty continues on. No matter what's next, I will be a strong and determined voice on the issues that matter to conservatives.
"Ellen, the kids, and I are grateful for your support. I am better for having traveled our great state and for the friendships I will hold forever.
"We'll get ‘em next time.
"Senator Charlie Janssen"