Libertarian Party candidate for state representative Tom Gleinser has withdrawn from the race and endorsed the Republican challenger in an apparent attempt to unify the anti-incumbent vote.
Libertarian Tom Gleinser, who was challenging the reelection bid of incumbent state Rep. Patrick Rose, announced today he has withdrawn and will back Republican Jason Isaac.
Gleinser, of Dripping Springs, could not immediately be reached for comment.
But he was quoted by Quorum Report as saying: “I don’t want to see Patrick win again. I have run twice before and gotten about four percent. That is a chunk of votes. We will see if Jason and I can beat Pat.”
Libertarian Party of Texas Chairman Patrick Dixon said he had heard that Gleinser had withdrawn, but had not seen official paperwork to do so. “To remove him from the ballot, (Gleinser) will have to file a formal withdrawal notice,” he said.
Rose has posted double-digit percentage victories in previous races.