Hovland was a Republican before he announced his candidacy for the DFL endorsement in the 3rd District. And he had failed to win a single DFL delegate to next month's endorsing convention.
Hovland's two rivals for the DFL endorsement each say they have about half the 96 delegates they'd need to win endorsement.
The two remaining DFLers are State Sen. Terri Bonoff and Ashwin Madia, a lawyer and Iraq war veteran making his first run for public office.
They are trying to win the seat currently held by Republican Rep. Jim Ramstad, who is not seeking re-election this year.
Hovland said he would consider restarting his campaign if neither of his opponents is able to win the endorsement. All three DFL candidates had pledged to drop out if the party endorses one of their competitors.
State Rep. Erik Paulsen is running unopposed for the Republican endorsement. David Dillon, the CEO of a printing company, is running on the Independence Party ticket.