DES MOINES (AP) — Democratic state Rep. Tyler Olson said Tuesday that he is dropping out of the 2014 race for governor.
Olson made the announcement about two weeks after acknowledging that he and his wife were planning to divorce and that he would scale back his campaign for the rest of the year. The couple live in Cedar Rapids and have two young children.
Olson, 37, said he needs to focus on his children.
"While focused on supporting my children through the transition in my personal life it is clear they need my full attention. It is time to end my campaign for Governor," Olson said in a statement. Through a spokesman, he declined to be interviewed.
In his statement, Olson said he would continue serving in the Legislature and working at his family's electrical contracting business. Olson is in his fourth term in the state House and is the former chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party. Olson recently won the endorsement of Iowa's largest union.
Olson's departure from the race leaves at least three Democrats running or considering running for governor. The Democratic nominee likely will face Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, who is expected to seek re-election.
A poll released Tuesday by Quinnipiac University showed Olson lagging behind the popular Branstad in a head-to-head race. The survey of over 1,600 registered voters showed that if the election were held immediately, Branstad would win 50 percent of the vote and Olson 32 percent.
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