Nebraska state legislature speaker Mike Flood announced on Twitter Thursday that he is withdrawing from the Nebraska's 2014 gubernatorial race due to his wife's recent breast cancer diagnosis.
The Republican had announced his candidacy on November 12. In preparation for his bid, Flood spent 2012 traveling across the state.
Still in the race is Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy who has the support of term-limited GOP Gov. Dave Heineman. Heineman has said he will campaign for Sheehy, and started doing so last month, when he attacked Flood's record on immigration and sales taxes.
A few other well-known Nebraska Republicans -- State Sen. Charlie Janssen, Attorney General Jon Bruning (who unsuccessfully ran for the GOP Senate nomination this year), and Treasurer Don Stenberg (who did as well) -- have noted their interest and may be more likely to consider entering the race now that Flood is out of the equation.