PORT ARANSAS, Texas -- Republican Tom Pauken, former Texas Workforce Commission chairman and gubernatorial candidate, announced his withdrawal from the Texas governor's race on Thursday.
Pauken released a statement to campaign supporters regarding his reasons for withdrawal.
"Even though I have worked hard to get our message out across the state the past six months, unfortunately we are nowhere near where we need to be financially and organizationally to win this race," Pauken said in the statement. "And, the primary is only three months away. I can no longer in good conscience ask friends and fellow conservatives to continue to help me when there appears to be no realistic path to victory."