HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Holland Mayor Kurt Dykstra says he will not join the Republican race to replace U.S. Senator Carl Levin.

Dykstra released this statement Friday:

"Over the summer, I have investigated whether to enter the race for the United States Senate to replace Sen. Carl Levin.

After testing the waters, speaking with many friends and supporters around Michigan, and after serious and thorough consideration, I have decided that I will not be a candidate for that office.

My campaign was going to be a startup, summoning the entrepreneurial spirit that forged this great state, without the personal fortune that usually accompanies candidates for such an office. While I am confident that our ideas resonate across Michigan, the cost and impact on the party could diminish our chance to achieve the goal: winning the U.S. Senate.

I am exceedingly grateful for the many people who shared their wisdom, encouragement, support and candor in this exploratory process. I look forward to doing my part to make our state and country a stronger and better place now and for future generations."

A Mitchell Communications poll released Thursday found Dykstra one percent behind democratic contender Gary Peters, 38 percent to 37 percent. The difference falls within the survey's margin of error of 2.2 percent. However, Republican Terri Lynn Land held a three percent lead over Peters among the same surveyed voters.