Mar 8, 2012 10:08 PM by Marnee Banks (KXLH Helena)
HELENA- Democrat Larry Jent has dropped out of the race for Montana governor, saying he hasn't raised enough money to be successful in the primary election.
Jent says Democrat candidate Steve Bullock started raising money much earlier than he did and that made it difficult to catch up, adding that he's proud to be the only Democrat at many of the gubernatorial debates.
He says he leaves the race with no money in his campaign account adding that it's a good time to get out. However, Jent says he isn't done with politics as he plans on finishing out his term in the Montana Senate which ends in 2015.
Jent's leaving the race it means Bullock is the lone Democrat on the ballot and under Montana campaign law, if the primary is uncontested than contribution limits only apply to one election.
Bullock could have to return upward of $120,000 of general fund money to donors if he doesn't face an opponent in the primary.