Trump ally Rep. Chris Collins (NY-27) suspends his re-election campaign two days after calling the insider trading charges against him following his arrest as “meritless.”

Collins’ Democratic opponent Nate McMurray said his phones have been ringing off the hook as his once longshot campaign now looks very promising and there’s a real possibility that he could be the next congressman for the very red district that Donald Trump won by double digits in the 2016 presidential election.

Roll Call: “Removing Collins’ name from the ballot would be extremely difficult under New York State law. According to a spokesman for the state Board of Elections, the three avenues to remove one’s name from the ballot is if the candidate dies; does not meet the basic requirements for candidacy like minimum age and residency in the state; or runs for another office and declines the nomination for the first office that candidate was seeking.”

Politico: “Under New York law, Collins’ name can be supplanted on the ballot at this stage of the cycle only if he dies, moves out of state or is nominated for another office — like a local judgeship. According to Erie County GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy, the exact mechanisms are still being worked out, but he noted Collins owns houses in Florida and Washington, D.C.”