Martin, a Raleigh Democrat, said he thought Dole was vulnerable, but that family considerations made the race problematic, reports Rob Christensen.
“I came to the conclusion a long time ago that Senator Dole was vulnerable,” Martin said. "After that, the sole decision was whether I could make service in the Senate work for my family. I did a lot of research.”
But Martin, a major in the Army Reserve, left for service in Afghanistan when his daughter was six days old.
“I missed he first six months of her life and I’m still trying to make up for lost time,” he said. “I could not make it work."
Martin the lastest in a long line of Democrats have declined to challenge Dole, a Salisbury Republican. The only announced candidate is Jim Neal, a Chapel Hill investment banker.
Correction: An earlier version of this post listed the wrong branch of the military.