State Sen. Janssen leaving governor's race

Feb 3, 2014

(Information in the following story is from: Omaha World-Herald,

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — State Senator Charlie Janssen says he's dropping out of the 2014 governor's race.

The Republican from Fremont tells the Omaha World-Herald that he decided he couldn't win in such a crowded GOP primary field, saying "I didn't see a clear path to victory."

The 43-year-old entered the race almost a year ago. Five are now vying for the GOP nod, including Omaha businessman Pete Ricketts and State Auditor Mike Foley. Attorney General Jon Bruning said Thursday that he's considering a last-minute run as well.

The filing deadline for the GOP primary is February 18th.

Janssen didn't tell the newspaper what lies ahead in his political future, but said he's "keeping his options open."

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