A Republican running to unseat Democratic U.S. Representative Ron Kind of La Crosse says he is backing out of the race so voters can line up behind a single challenger.
Chris Anderson, a former aide to U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, announced Wednesday he would no longer run for western Wisconsin's 3rd Congressional District. Anderson says he will endorse Republican Tony Kurtz in the race because Kurtz supports conservative ideas.
Kurtz says he has hired Anderson to work as finance director for his campaign.
Three Republicans remain in the race for the seat Kind has occupied since 1997. Kind's office didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.