It has been just over a week since Dr. Bartlett announced his candidacy, and now he is withdrawing from the race.

According to NewsWest 9, he released the following statement:

“I entered this race because I am passionate about stopping socialism, protecting our citizens, preserving the Constitution, and fixing health care. But the reality is yesterday, a like-minded Midland/Odessa leader has entered the race. Two candidates identical on the issues will split the vote. Potentially, neither would win and district unity is essential. In the name of unity, I withdraw my name from consideration. I am grateful for the support and kindness.”

J. Ross Lacy is now running uncontested, for now, for the TX-11 congressional seat currently held by Mike Conaway who announced earlier this year he would not seek re-election.