(CNN) – Michigan Rep. Thaddeus McCotter ended his presidential bid Thursday, after struggling to secure a foothold in the race for the 2012 GOP nomination.
“Today, effective immediately, I have withdrawn my candidacy to become the Republican Party’s nominee for the Office of President of the United States of America," he said in a statement.
“I have decided to seek re-election to continue to serve as your United States Representative for Michigan’s new 11th Congressional District; and, I am committed to promoting and implementing a platform of principled conservatism."
The five-term Republican has represented the 11th Congressional District since 2002. He surprised 2012 -watchers by purchasing a plot at the influential Ames Straw Poll in late June, thereby signaling his intention to jump into the race.
McCotter declared his candidacy at the Freedom Festival in Whitmore Lake, Michigan on July 2.
Fond of showcasing his guitar-playing skills, he shared the stage with 2007 Ames Straw Poll winner-and bass player-Mike Huckabee at the 2011 event in Ames, but didn't fare well in the contest.
He placed tenth at the straw poll, with 35 votes.
McCotter's decision was first reported by The Detroit News.
–CNN's Peter Hamby and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.