Rep. Thaddeus McCotter dropped out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination, according to the Detroit News.
The Michigan lawmaker told the newspaper this afternoon that he’ll likely run for re-election instead.
Republicans viewed McCotter as a long shot since he entered the race in early June. The quirky, five-term Republican’s campaign failed to gain traction in the race, and he was consistently shut out of debates.
McCotter announced he’s throwing his support behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney instead. Romney’s family has strong ties to Michigan, and his father served as governor of the state in the 1960s.
But McCotter may have another battle waiting for him at home in his district west of Detroit. State Sen. Mike Kowall (R) announced his bid for McCotter’s seat in July.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., carries a musket on stage as he speaks during the American Conservative Union's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., on Thursday March 6, 2014.