Democrat Demian Dellinger said Monday that he will withdraw from the N.C. House District 38 race by the end of this week.
Dellinger, a consultant to nonprofit housing developers, declined Monday to say why he was dropping out of the race against incumbent Wake County Democrat Rep. Deborah Ross.
The winner of the May 2 primary would have been the winner of the seat, since no Republicans filed for that seat in the the November General Election.
Dellinger said Monday that his reasons would be explained in a statement he plans to release Thursday or Friday.
The Wake County Board of Elections said Monday it had not received official notice of Dellinger's decision.
There is no provision in the state statutes for a candidate to withdraw at this stage of the election, said Wake County Elections Director Cherie Poucher, so Dellinger's name will remain on the ballot.