January 7th, 2010
05:01 PM ET
5 years ago

Gerlach gives up bid for Pennsylvania governor

Washington (CNN) - Republican Rep. Jim Gerlach Thursday gave up his bid to become governor of Pennsylvania.

Gerlach made the announcement on his campaign website. The big question is whether Gerlach will now run for re-election this November for his seat in Pennsylvania's 6th Congressional district, in the southeast part of the state.

"At this point," Gerlach spokesperson Kori Walter told PoliticsPA, "Jim has said he has not ruled anything in or out."

"I intend to continue to raise my voice, and work hard in the months and years ahead," Gerlach said in a statement on his campaign website.

Gerlach cited fundraising as the main reason for his withdrawal from the race.

"While we have successfully raised over $1 million, traveled thousands of miles all across this Commonwealth and signed up more than 19,000 supporters eager to help us win, today's media-driven campaigns require four times that amount to wage a successful primary," said Gerlach. "That left me with two choices: either spend all of my time raising money with little time left for meeting with voters; or withdrawing my candidacy and working even harder to serve the public. I am choosing to serve the public - many of whom have graciously rewarded me with their support for nearly two decades."

Polls over the past few months indicated the four-term congressman trailed Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett by double digits in the battle for the GOP gubernatorial nomination. State Senator Sam Rohrer also remains in the contest.

Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell is term limited and prevented from running for re-election. There is a crowded field of Democrats vying to succeed Rendell.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Pragmatic

    .... of course, all you hear is the nattering about Democrats not running for re-election ... the number of republicans is also substantial .... although most, unlike Palin, have the class to finish their elected terms rather than quit half-way through.

    January 7, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  2. Frank, Las Vegas

    The main reason is because the people of PA are smart. They are tired of the same old lies and tactics of the GOP.

    January 7, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  3. m smith

    He must not be conservitive enough. Look out your own party will eat you alive if you are not.

    January 7, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |