State Rep. Mark Waller (R-Colorado Springs) has dropped out the race for Colorado Attorney General.
Waller, who had hoped to replace the term-limited John Suthers, barely received enough delegate votes in the Republican assembly to force a primary against rival and Chief Deputy Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, who received 69 percent support from delegates.
Waller, however, is popular in El Paso County, where many of the state's Republicans live. It was thought that name-recognition might help him fare better in a primary.
With Waller out, Coffman will now face Democrat Don Quick, a former District Attorney from Adams and Broomfield counties, in November.
Waller issued the following release after dropping from the race:
Waller Withdraws from Attorney General's Race
Promotes Unity Behind Republican Ticket
State Representative Mark Waller announced today that he is withdrawing from the race for Attorney General to unify the Republican Party and keep the office in Republican hands.
“After much thought and prayer, Jennifer and I believe the best decision moving forward is to step aside and clear the way for Cynthia Coffman. I've enjoyed the opportunity to promote the need for a Constitutional conservative to serve as our next Attorney General," said State Representative Mark Waller.
"I am now confident that Cynthia, as the last line of defense against an overreaching Federal government, is committed to promoting our conservative values and protecting our Western Way of Life," stated Waller.
Representative Waller will continue his focus on promoting effective public policy for the citizens of the state.
"I am looking forward to finishing my term representing the people of Colorado Springs by making our streets safer while defending our Constitutional rights," concluded Mark Waller.
Mark Waller lives in Colorado Springs with his wife, Jennifer and two kids Truman and Camille.