- Associated Press - Monday, February 24, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Max Myers pulled out of the Democratic race for Pennsylvania governor Monday, saying he was not able raise enough money to be competitive.

“The logistical and financial challenges of moving my campaign forward have become too great to overcome,” he said.

The 60-year-old Myers, a Pentecostal minister running his first election campaign in a highly competitive nomination race to take on Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s bid for a second term, raised and spent about $30,000 last year, according to his campaign-finance report.

Overall last year, the Democratic candidates collectively raised about $27 million.

Myers said he had been interested in running for governor for about five years, but that he does not plan to run for public office again.

“I don’t have any other aspirations” for elective office, the Mechanicsburg resident said.

Myers said his resources were inadequate to organize a petition campaign to get his name on the May 20 primary ballot.

Major-party candidates have the three weeks ending March 11 to gather voters’ signatures. Gubernatorial candidates need at least 2,000 voters’ signatures, including at least 100 each in 10 counties.

Myers‘ withdrawal leaves seven candidates vying for the Democratic nomination.

The remaining candidates are York businessman Tom Wolf, U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, state Treasurer Rob McCord, former state environmental-protection secretaries Katie McGinty and John Hanger, former state Auditor General Jack Wagner and Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz. Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski quit the race earlier this month.

Seven candidates also are competing for the Democratic nod for lieutenant governor.

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