CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A University of Wyoming history professor is dropping his bid to run as an independent for U.S. Senate.

Phil Roberts says there is no room in this year's Senate race for him because in order to be successful he would need support from a number of Republicans. But as his petition drive to gather signatures progressed, it became clear that most of his support was coming from Democrats and independents.

The Associated Press reports that Roberts says it's clear that he would hand certain victory to incumbent Republican John Barrasso by going through with the bid.

Roberts was a Democratic candidate for governor in 1998 and lost the primary to John Vinich, who then lost the general election Republican Gov. Jim Geringer.

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