Eric Reyes, the Rock Island lawyer who was seeking the Republican nomination to run in Illinois' 17th Congressional District, has withdrawn from the race.

Reyes, who was making his second bid for the office, said in a statement he was withdrawing because didn't want to see the GOP divided and waste resources.

Reyes was running against former Rep. Bobby Schilling for the nomination. However, his petition was being challenged by two residents of the district.

Schilling's campaign said it didn't initiate the challenge but of the 770 signatures on Reyes' petition, 300 weren't registered voters and some were forgeries.

Reyes had said in response that he was comfortable he had enough valid signatures.

In 2012, his petition to run as an independent was thrown out because of an insufficient number of signatures.

Reyes did not say directly whether he might run for a different office in the future but he would seek to advance his principles "by other means."

He added, "I have no intention of standing by and watching our great state go the way of Detroit."

Schilling is seeking to unseat U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., who defeated him in the 2012 election.

Neither now has opposition in the March primary.