After failing to chip away at U.S. Rep.
"Connie Mack will be our nominee. He has my support," LeMieux said at the end of a video emailed to supporters.
He said he campaigned on ideas, motivated by the desire for a better future for his four children.
"It is not my nature to step aside, but ... our message simply cannot be heard," he said, citing Mack's ability to raise money for TV ads and Mack's refusal to debate before the primary.
LeMieux also noted the name recognition advantage enjoyed by Mack, the Fort Myers congressman whose father was a U.S. senator, and the support for Mack by many party leaders. LeMieux had been winning straw polls, and was billing himself as the candidate most aligned with the
"Sometimes, for the good of the party, and the good of the nation, a candidate has to bow out gracefully," he said.
He's currently chairman of the Gunster law firm.
Read the text of his video: