(CNN) - Republican Doug Hoffman, who split the conservative vote in last year's special election for New York's 23rd congressional district handing the seat to a Democrat, has dropped out of this November's general election for the same seat.
After losing the GOP primary last month to Matt Doheny, Hoffman decided to run as a Conservative, but on Tuesday he cleared the way for his fellow Republican.
"It was never my intention to split the Republican vote," Hoffman said in a statement. "Matt Doheny and I may have differed on some issues during the course of our primary race. Now, we must put those differences aside and do what is best for our nation."
In the statement Hoffman said it was important to take control away from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic party.
The reliably Republican district went to Democratic Rep. Bill Owens last year after Dede Scozzafava dropped out of the race shortly before the election. It was too late to remove Scozzafava's name from the ballot, and Hoffman and Scozzafava ultimately split Republican Party support.
Doheny will now face Owens in the general election. The Cook and Rothenberg Political Reports categorize the district as one that will lean Democratic in November.