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.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.