- Associated Press - Friday, June 20, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - State Sen. Al Melvin says he may drop his bid for the Republican nomination in the Arizona governor’s primary if he can’t qualify for public funding.

Melvin is far short of the number of required qualifying $5 contributions and says he will consider dropping out of the race next week if that doesn’t change.

Melvin campaign consultant Constantin Querard says Melvin doesn’t want to be a spoiler for another conservative candidate by staying in the race if he has no chance to win. He must act by June 27 for his name to be removed from the ballot.

Melvin needs 4,500 contributions to get more than $750,000 in public funding for his campaign.

If Melvin pulls out, the field in the Aug. 26 Republican primary narrows to six candidates.

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