Businessman Steven Welch has ended his primary challenge to Rep. Jim GerlachJim GerlachBig names free to lobby in 2016 Ex-Rep. Gerlach ditches K St. in return to campaign world Ex-Sen. Pryor heading to K Street MORE (R-Pa.), about a month after he said he would stay in the race.
Gerlach dropped his candidacy for governor last month and moved back to running for reelection, and Welch soon announced he would stay in the race.
But the task for Welch was tall and on Saturday morning he ended his campaign.
“For me to fight hard right now would do more harm than good,” Welch said, according to pa2010.com. “For that reason, I am withdrawing.
“We have a chance to send Jim Gerlach back to Congress to lead the way forward."
is the second time Welch has abandoned his campaign in the face of a
big-name challenger. The self-funder also stepped aside in the
neighboring 7th district when former U.S. Attorney Pat Meehan got in on
the GOP side.