Mel Packer, the Green Party candidate for US Senate in Pennsylvania, is dropping out of the race today. From the Associated Press via the Times-Leader:
Mel Packer, the Green Party’s nominee for Sen. Arlen Specter’s seat, said Monday he cannot overcome a challenge by Democratic nominee Joe Sestak.
The 65-year-old Packer said he has only about 1,000 votes to spare above the 19,000 he needs to qualify for the ballot.
Packer, a physician’s assistant at a Pittsburgh hospital emergency room, said he has neither the money or time to spend on what he regards a futile fight. He said he’s signing papers to stop the challenge and withdraw his candidacy.
This result was not unanticipated. Packer had already stated he did not believe he would survive Sestak’s challenge to his petitions. Libertarian Douglas Jamison is still in the process of having his petitions challenged, so he still has a shot to appear on the ballot in November.