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Democratic candidate Tyler Olson drops out of governor's race

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Just weeks after announcing that he and his wife were separating, Tyler Olson has announced that he is ending his campaign for governor.

The Democratic state representative from Cedar Rapids made the announcement on Tuesday morning.

Olson, 37, announced on Dec. 2 that he and his wife, Sarah, were separating and planned on divorcing.

Political pundits said at the time that the announcement of the separation would cost him the election.

Olson, who is in his fourth term in the State House, said in a statement that he needs to focus on his children.

That leaves State Sen. Jack Hatch and bus driver Paul Dahl still in the race for governor on the Democratic side. Republican candidate Tom Hoefling has also declared his candidacy for governor.

Incumbent Gov. Terry Branstad, a Republican, is widely expected to seek re-election, but has not formally announced his candidacy.

Olson's full statement is below:

"Thank you to everyone that reached out with words of encouragement and support the last two weeks. While focused on supporting my children through the transition in my personal life it is clear they need my full attention. It is time to end my campaign for Governor.

"I will continue to focus on my family, finish my term as state representative, rejoin Paulson Electric and look for opportunities to serve my community as time allows.

"Thank you to all the friends, supporters and volunteers that joined my campaign. I enjoyed every minute of it. I hope you still believe as I do that Iowa's brightest days are ahead.

"Best wishes for a peaceful and bright holiday season."

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