Democrat Aaron Lieberman announced Friday afternoon that he is dropping out of the race for his party’s nomination for governor.
In a message to his supporters he wrote, “it is clear to me there’s just not a realistic path forward in the race this year, and I owe it to all the people who have so generously supported our campaign to be honest with them about what the path ahead would look like.”
Lieberman said that electing a Democratic governor and “ensuring Kari Lake gets nowhere near the governor’s office will be a top priority” for the next few months.
His exit from the race leaves just two Democrats, Kati Hobbs and Marco Lopez in the race. Recent polling shows Hobbs with a strong lead.
In addition to Hobbs and Lopez, six Republicans and a Libertarian are all vying to be the next governor.
The primary is August 2nd.