LINCOLN -- State Auditor Mike Foley put to rest political speculation Wednesday that he was getting out of the governor's race, saying he's in and he's in for good.
"I'm putting it all on the line," Foley said. "In football parlance, I'm going for the 2-point conversion because Nebraska needs to win."
For the past few days, rumors have swirled that Foley would drop his bid after Attorney General Jon Bruning entered the race. Foley acknowledged that he had reconsidered his "options" with Bruning's entry into the race, but he denies that he ever seriously considered dropping out.
"The race has changed quite a number of times over the past year - the deck has been reshuffled," said Foley. "Each time the field of candidates changed, naturally, we were inclined to reassess our own opportunities."
He also said he was surprised by Bruning's decision to get into the race. He noted that Bruning had earlier said he would not run for governor.
"Naturally, I took him at his word when he said he would not run, but it's a free country," said Foley.
Bruning had said he decided to jump into the race -- with less than 100 days left on the campaign clock - after being urged to by friends and supporters.
Foley announced his decision at an afternoon press conference where many had believed Foley planned to end his campaign.
Instead, Foley officially filed his paperwork for governor. The decision means there is no going back for Foley. He could have run for re-election as state auditor, a constitutional office without term limits.
If he loses his bid for governor, Foley will be out of a job.
Foley's decision keeps six Republicans running for the GOP nomination in May.
One of the six will face Democrat Chuck Hassebrook, who is running unopposed for his party's nomination.