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Splitting the vote
Although he planned to run as an Independent in the general election, Maxwell was known to be a tea-party Republican, and he claimed that he would reunite with the Republican Party if elected to Congress. This decision led Republicans to fear that Maxwell would split the vote, paving Democrat Brad Ashford's road to success. Maxwell responded to this concern by stating, "If Ashford wins, it will be due to the-party-is-our-private-club Republicans who refuse to face the reality that it’s time to quit supporting an incumbent who is not the kind of Republican we need in the battle to get the country back on track." Dan Frei, who lost to Lee Terry in the Republican primary, refused to endorse Terry, stating that he would endorse a different conservative. This comment led to speculations that Frei and Maxwell had been working together, although Maxwell emphasized that Frei had no idea that he would be running.
Maxwell ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Nebraska's 2nd District. Maxwell announced on July 24, 2014, that he was withdrawing from the race because he feared that he would split the Republican vote and cause the Republicans to lose this U.S. House seat.
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- Nebraska Watchdog, "Tea party’s Maxwell turns Omaha House race upside down," accessed May 23, 2014
- Nebraska Watchdog, "It’s official: Tea partyer Maxwell won’t challenge GOP’s Lee Terry," accessed July 28, 2014
- Omaha, "'I have a plan to save the country': Chip Maxwell to run against Lee Terry," accessed May 23, 2014