- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - A longtime Peoria City Councilman has dropped his re-election bid after losing his lawsuit over the August primary results.

Ron Aames filed the suit last month arguing that according to a new state law, he won the primary election outright by garnering a majority of votes cast in the Palo Verde District.

However, city officials had determined he fell short of a majority under their formula and would have to face challenger Michael Finn in a November runoff.

Aames got 1,852 votes while Finn collected 1,803.

On Thursday, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge granted the city’s motion to dismiss the case.

Aames said he would drop his re-election bid if the court ruled against him. He filed paperwork late Thursday to withdraw from the election.

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