So Danny Kennedy has now withdrawn from the UUP leadership contest.
It is quite a turn around from Monday when one of his aides briefed me that the minister was definitely in the running, and enjoyed the backing of the majority of his assembly party.
After that, however, Mr Kennedy's behaviour proved far from decisive - refusing to confirm his intentions on camera. He seems to have been spooked by Mike Nesbitt's energetic courting of support in Fermanagh and elsewhere.
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