- Associated Press - Friday, March 25, 2016

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Republican businessman Dan Innis is dropping out of the race for the 1st District U.S. House seat.

In a statement released Friday, Innis said there are a “host of personal and professional factors” that went into his decision to drop out the race for the seat held by U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta.

WMUR-TV (bit.ly/1obOaCG) quotes Innis as saying he remains a professor at the Peter T. Paul business school at the University of New Hampshire and is involved with his husband, Doug Palardy, in several business prospects. He also has a teenage daughter.

“A big concern was the availability of time to run a full-time campaign for Congress, given the other responsibilities I have in my life,” Innis said.

Innis said there are no health issues behind his decision and that funding the campaign was not a problem. He vowed to remain active in politics and said he anticipates endorsing a candidate in the race.

Innis unsuccessfully ran against Guinta in a Republican primary in 2014.

Guinta is seeking re-election, and state Rep. Pam Tucker also is a candidate for the GOP congressional nomination. Democrats running are former U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter and Bedford businessman Shawn O’Connor.

If Guinta survives a primary, he could face She-Porter for a fourth time. She served two terms before Guinta defeated her in 2010. She won in 2012, only to lose to him again in November 2014.

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