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Chip Maxwell
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U.S. House, Nebraska, District 2
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Chip Maxwell was a 2014 Independent candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 2nd Congressional District of Nebraska.[1] Although he had acquired the 2,000 signatures necessary to run in the general election as an independent candidate, Maxwell withdrew from the race in July 2014 after various Republicans had expressed their concern that he would split the vote with incumbent Lee Terry, leaving Democrat Brad Ashford to win the seat.[2]


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."[1] 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.[3]



See also: Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

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.[2]

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