Kansas Birther Drops Challenge to Obama
Move had threatened his place on the ballot
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 15, 2012 5:57 AM CDT
President Obama speaks at a campaign rally in Golden, Colo., on Thursday.   (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

(Newser) – It appears Kansas will allow the sitting president to appear on November's ballot after all. A man who filed a challenge questioning his citizenship has decided to drop it because of the backlash, reports the Topeka Capital-Journal. "There has been a great deal of animosity and intimidation directed not only at me, but at people around me," Republican Joe Montgomery explained in an email to Secretary of State Kris Kobach. "I don't wish to burden anyone with more of this negative reaction."

Because of his initial request, state election authorities had started the process of trying to get certified copies of President Obama's birth certificate from Hawaii. The Kansas Objections Board will meet Monday for the sole purpose of accepting Montgomery's request to withdraw his petition."This is kind of unprecedented," said a spokeswoman for Kobach.