Former Rep. Nancy Boyda drops Senate bid

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Former Kansas congresswoman Nancy Boyda has ended her bid for the Democratic nomination for the Senate seat currently held by Sen. Pat Roberts.

Decrying what she described as a "bitter, toxic divide" in the United States, Boyda said she is focused on healing that split.

"I am stepping aside to pursue this calling of bringing Kansans together but this time without the constraints of a partisan campaign," she said. "I intend to keep fighting the good fight.”

A one-term Congresswoman, Boyda upset then-Rep. Jim Ryun in the Democratic wave election of 2006 before losing to Rep. Lynn Jenkins two years later.

Her departure leaves the race for the Democratic nomination down to former U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom, Manhattan City Commission member Usha Reddi, Elliot Adams, and Robert Tillman.

Full statement from Nancy Boyda

“From the beginning, I have been focused on one issue: healing the bitter, toxic divide in our country. At a time when we need to be addressing huge issues, we cannot even speak to each other. I am fearful our beloved country is about to split in two and I will do everything I can to keep that from happening. I dearly love this country and want it to heal and to thrive for my children and grandchildren. I am stepping aside to pursue this calling of bringing Kansans together but this time without the constraints of a partisan campaign. I am deeply honored and grateful for the support and encouragement I have received for my campaign. I intend to keep fighting the good fight.”