We're just getting initial reports here - but Independent Party candidate John Frohnmayer is reportedly dropping out of the U.S. Senate race.
John Frohnmayer says he is dropping his bid for the U.S. Senate.
Frohnmayer had planned to run as the Independent Party's candidate in a three-way race against Republican Senator Gordon Smith and Democrat Jeff Merkley.
But Frohnmayer said Tuesday he has had a tough time rounding up campaign money and grass-roots support.
Update from Willamette Week:
Frohnmayer tells WWire that he won't be endorsing either U.S. Sen Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) or his Democratic opponent, state House Speaker Jeff Merkley.
Frohnmayer also says he wasn't pressured to leave the race and that the possibility that he could serve as a spoiler did not influence his decision. "I have utter contempt for the idea that I would be a spoiler," he says.
Instead, his decision to "pull the plug" was the result of not wanting to have to raise boatloads of cash and, he said, an assessment of his current grassroots support, which he said wasn't strong enough to carry him. "Without that, a third-party effort is really doomed," he says.