As the primary election for Alabama’s newly drawn 2nd Congressional District draws closer, the field is beginning to narrow down.
Republican candidate Wallace Gilberry, a former NFL and University of Alabama athlete, announced Monday that he will join longer continue campaigning for the seat.
“After reflecting over Christmas and New Years, I have come to the decision that this race, at this time, is not the right place for me to help my community, so I will be stepping aside,” Gilberry announced in a statement posted to X Monday. “But I am never going to quit on Alabama. Or on you. I will continue to serve our communities and be involved in any and every way I can to fight back against out-of-touch liberal politicians and too many bad policies that are hurting people and making life tougher every day.”
A political newcomer, Gilberry was a longshot in the race behind more seasoned political candidates including former State Sen. Dick Brewbaker and current State Sen. Greg Albritton. There are seven Republican candidates remaining and 11 Democrats all vying for the state’s hottest race.
Gilberry’s name will remain on the ballot, but an official withdrawal would mean his votes would not be certified.