ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd announced on Wednesday that he will not challenge Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the 2018 election, The Texas Tribune reported.
Dowd, who was a former strategist for George W. Bush, said in January that he was considering an independent bid against Cruz and was encouraged by both prominent Democrats and Republicans to do so.
But he decided that "the best use of my voice is not putting myself in that position and running for that office in that way. I think the best use of my most authentic voice and where my life is and what I want to do is in a different manner rather than running for office."
He also emphasized that he was ruling out running for any office next year.
Dowd remained critical of Cruz, saying he "hasn't represented Texas well, I think he's incredibly ambitious. Texas deserves two United States senators, and they don't have that today. I think Republicans in Iowa feel more represented by Ted Cruz than Republicans in Texas."
Dowd was once a Democrat before becoming a Republican and working for the Republican National Committee in the 2002 election, as well as Bush's 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns, according to The Hill.
Democratic Congressman Beto O'Rourke is the most serious challenger to Cruz for the contest over the Senate seat next year, but most consider it an unlikely scenario, because a Democrat has not won a senate election in Texas since 1988, according to the Tribune.
Dowd agreed with that sentiment, stating in an interview with the Austin American-Statesman earlier this year that he thought only an independent candidate had a chance to defeat Cruz, predicting that O'Rourke would lose by double digits.
Another potential challenger to Cruz, Texas Democratic Congressman Joaquin Castro also dropped out of the race last week, the Tribune reported, even though he was actually leading the senator in a very early opinion poll released last month.
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