Tea party activist Chip Maxwell has ended his bid to get his name on the ballot in November to challenge Lee Terry in the 2nd District Congressional race.

Maxwell says he's backing out of the race he began in May over fears that the Republican vote would be split, giving Democrat Brad Ashford the seat.

Maxwell says he also made a mistake in trying to petition his way onto the ballot as an Independent candidate instead of going through the Republican Primary. Maxwell says he gathered enough signatures to get onto the ballot, but says he will not turn those signatures in.

Maxwell announced in May that he would enter the race after Republican Lee Terry's lackluster primary win over GOP challenger and political unknown Dan Frei. Frei drew more than 47 percent of the vote, despite being outspent 20-to-1 by Terry.

Maxwell says he will focus on the 2016 Republican Primary.