PHOENIX ( Associated Press) — Democrat Aaron Lieberman ended his campaign for governor of Arizona on Friday, saying there was no viable path to victory.
Lieberman, a former state legislator from Paradise Valley, struggled to gain traction against Democratic front-runner, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, who has built a national profile as a staunch defender of Arizona’s election.
“It is clear to me that there is no real way forward in this race this year, and I am grateful to all those who have supported our campaign so generously to be honest with them about what the road ahead will look like.” Lieberman said in a statement.
He thanked his supporters and said choosing a Democratic governor “will be my top priority over the next few months.”
Lieberman founded two organizations focused on early childhood education before being elected to the Legislature in 2018. He developed a reputation as a moderate during two terms in the House. He resigned last year to focus on his campaign for governor.
In an announcement video released last summer, Lieberman introduced himself as an entrepreneur and practical problem solver.
“When we turn the page on this pandemic, let’s turn the page on our politics too,” Lieberman said in the video.
Most recently, he tried to launch his campaign with a television ad saying, “Right now, Arizona politics is a dustbin fire.”
By the end of March, Lieberman was reported to have raised more than $1.4 million for his campaign, trailing both Hobbes and other Democrats in the race, former Nogales mayor and Obama administration border official Marco Lopez.
In a message posted to Twitter, Hobbes thanked Lieberman for his participation in the race and his service as an MP.
“I look forward to the fight ahead – as we all come together and stand up for those who are threatening our basic liberties in Arizona,” Hobbs wrote.