Sanchez also noted that he had consulted extensively with his family and that he and his wife, Maria Elena, had decided to put their family first.

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Sanchez had struggled to raise the major dollars he needed to run in an expansive state with expensive media markets, and had less than $120,000 on hand at the end of September. In the crowded and hotly contested Republican primary the major players have raised upwards of $2 million and have similar amounts in the bank.

Adding to Sanchez's woes, his home was destroyed in a fire one month ago while he was out of town for the Veterans Day holiday. At the time, Sanchez pledged to stay in the race and not let the personal tragedy defeat him politically.