Del. Dereck E. Davis, chair of the state's House Economic Matters Committee, is dropping out of the contest for Maryland's 4th Congressional District, his campaign said Tuesday.
The move came as former Prince George's County councilwoman Ingrid M. Turner also said she is backing out of the race.
Davis was posting solid fundraising figures, but his decision follows several internal polls that placed him in lower standing than former lieutenant governor Anthony Brown and former Prince George's County State's Attorney Glenn Ivey.
In a statement, Davis said cited a "broken Congress" to partly explain his reasoning, though Capitol Hill is presumably not any more or less broken than it was when he entered the race last year.
Davis' campaign did not say whether he would endorse another candidate.
"There are very serious issues facing Maryland's working families and small business," Davis said. "I fear a broken Congress will be unable to address those issues, and my first priority has always been to ensure that Marylanders have the support and opportunity to prosper and thrive."
Turner, despite a compelling background, struggled to raise money, though she loaned herself a substantial amount of money early in the race. Turner said she will instead run for Prince George's County Circuit Court judge.
"If the people elect me and I am blessed to serve, I will be a Circuit Court judge who runs a problemsolving court that works in effective ways with everyone who comes before me," Turner said in a statement.