Businessman Mike Sherzan, a Democrat, has dropped his campaign for Iowa's 3rd District, citing "personal health reasons" in a statement released Monday.
His announcement clears the way for another Democrat, perhaps former state Sen. Staci Appel, to challenge GOP Rep. Tom Latham in this competitive district.
House Democrats have targeted the 3rd District since the start of the cycle. In January, they touted Sherzan as one of their first potential recruits during the presidential inauguration festivities. He announced his campaign a month later.
Sherzan's decision to leave the race comes after the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee met with Appel about the race on her recent trip to Washington, D.C. But in a statement, he insisted his decision was based "solely upon my individual circumstances."
"Finally, I have made this decision based solely upon my individual circumstances and what I believe to be in my best interest and that of my family," Sherzan said. "Ending my candidacy is very disappointing to me personally."