Billings Democrat Lynda Moss has dropped out of her party's U.S. House primary campaign.
Moss will still appear on the ballot, however. The last day to officially withdraw candidacy was March 12. The former Billings state legislator issued an email announcing her decision Thursday.
A leader sometimes must step aside and let go. I am announcing my exit from the Democratic house primary and will endorse after the Greater Montana forum in Helena on May 3. It has been an honor to run and thank you for your support. #MTAL #MTPOLhttps://t.co/cBii8UF4hq— Lynda Moss for Congress (@for_moss) April 19, 2018
Moss was at a significant fundraising disadvantage. Sunday, she reported $87,000 in donations and a $20,000 personal loan to her campaign. In the first quarter of 2018, her campaign spent more than it raised. The Democratic leader in campaign receipts, John Heenan of Billings, had raised 10 times as much money as Moss during the election cycle.
“I am proud of the work we have done throughout my campaign. However, we have been up against some formidable obstacles since I joined the race this fall," Moss said in a press release. "This decision is based on my core principles of integrity, compassion, honesty, and hard work. I will continue to serve Montana, finding common ground and working collaboratively on positive solutions.”
Moss entered the race last November and was actively campaigning through last weekend.
When primary absentee ballots are mailed out May 11, there will be five other Democrats listed: Heenan; Grant Kier of Missoula; and three candidates located in Bozeman, Kathleen Williams, John Meyer and Jared Pettinato.
The winner will advance to face incumbent Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte in the general election.