Dyer drops out of Texas congressional race

October 13, 2010 9:11:55 AM PDT
An Iowa Park man who has suspended his independent bid for Congress says he apparently is ineligible after voting in the March GOP primary. Keith Dyer ceased campaigning Tuesday, but his name will remain on the Nov. 2 ballot for U.S. House District 13.

Secretary of State's Office spokesman Randall Dillard says the deadline to remove a name from the ballot was Aug. 20.

Dyer says his office received an e-mail Tuesday from the elections agency in response to a question about his eligibility. The agency's website says an independent candidate may have his or her name added to the general election ballot if he or she is not affiliated with a political party.

The Wichita Falls Times Record News reports GOP Rep. Mac Thornberry of Clarendon says he called Dyer about the issue last week.