Republican John Guedry's campaign for Congress came to an abrupt halt on Friday.
Guedry, who was campaigning for the seat held by Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., announced he had dropped out of the race.
He cited family reasons for the decision.
"Recent events have compelled me as a father and husband to end my campaign for public office and focus my attention on important issues closer to home," he said in a written statement.
Guedry had enlisted the help of political consultant Ryan Erwin of Las Vegas, a health care specialist who helped create controversial but effective ads in 2004 that depicted doctors fleeing Nevada on foot. The ads were credited with helping encourage voters to approve a $350,000 cap on malpractice damages for pain and suffering.
Having Erwin and the Republican National Congressional Committee on board early suggested Guedry was the front-running challenger to Titus in 2010. He did face primary opposition from Brad Lord-Leutwyler of Henderson, a Republican who on his Web site says the Republican Party establishment has "lost its way."
There was early speculation former state Sen. Joe Heck would drop his campaign for the Republican gubernatorial primary and take up the congressional torch from Guedry, but his campaign manager Grant Hewitt said there was no credence to that.
"Those conversations have not happened within our campaign. We are running for governor and we are excited about it," Hewitt said.
Guedry was an executive with City National Bank, a job from which he resigned before launching his campaign for Congress.
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