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Miller ends campaign for House

Candidate says lack of money is the reason for early exit from primary

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Posted: Wednesday, August 11, 2010 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:05 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

There's one less candidate in the Republican primary race for CD-8.

Brian Miller announced on Wednesday, Aug. 11, that he would step out of the race immediately, citing a lack of money to continue his campaign.

"Though we have run a tremendously successful grassroots campaign on a limited budget, at this point I do not have the funds to continue this race," Miller wrote in statement posted on his campaign website.

Jonathan Paton, Jesse Kelly and Jay Quick remain in the Aug. 24 primary. The winner of that race will square off against Democratic incumbent Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in the November general election.

As of June 30, Miller had raised $181,870 to fund his campaign, according to the website opensecrets.org.

The same site shows Paton raised $672,000 and Kelly with $489,000 in receipts, as of June 30.

No campaign finance information was reported for Quick, who is largely seen as a non-factor in the primary.

Giffords had raised more than $2.2 million.

Miller thanked his supporters in the statement, saying he intends to continue "the fight for the Constitution and freedom." He also gave his support to Paton in the primary.

"My competitors have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on advertising — and it is impossible for me to make up that gap," Miller wrote. "We are looking to the future, and I believe the only candidate who can beat Gabrielle Giffords in November is Jonathan Paton."

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