Posted: Mar 8, 2012 6:38 PM by Marnee Banks (Helena)
Updated: Mar 8, 2012 6:40 PM
Democrat Larry Jent has dropped out of the race for Governor. Jent says he hasn't raised enough money to be successful in the primary election.
Jent says Democrat candidate Steve Bullock started raising money much earlier than he did and that made it difficult to catch up.
Jent says he was proud to be the only Democrat at many of the gubernatorial debates.
He says he leaves the race with no money in his campaign account. He says it's a good time to get out.
However, Jent says he isn't done with politics. He plans on finishing out his term in the Montana Senate which ends in 2015.
With Jent leaving the race it leaves only one Democrat on the ballot, Steve Bullock.
According to Montana campaign law, if the primary is uncontested, contribution limits only apply to one election.
If Bullock doesn't face an opponent in the primary, he could have to return upward of $120,000 of general fund money to donors.