The only candidate challenging Broward County's elections chief for her job dropped out of the race Tuesday.

Republican Steve Shin (search) said he did not think he could win, and wanted incumbent Brenda Snipes to focus on November's election, not on having to fight to keep her office.

"If my withdrawal from the race can help her prepare for the election, I think that's important," Shin told The Miami Herald.

Snipes, 61, was appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush (search) after he suspended Miriam Oliphant (search) last year for alleged neglect of duty, incompetence and misfeasance. Snipes handily defeated Oliphant in August to win the Democratic nomination for the position.

Shin was the only Republican to express interest in the office, and the party had no plans to recruit another candidate, said Kevin Tynan, chairman of the Broward Republican Party.

Snipes said she was happy about winning the position, though the anti-climatic end to the race gave her "kind of a strange feeling. ... I was kind of pumped up, ready to go for the next round."