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Montenegro bows out of Secretary of State race

PHOENIX — A lawmaker exploring a possible run for Arizona Secretary of
State has dropped the effort and thrown his support to fellow Republican Wil
Cardon.

Rep. Steve Montenegro of Avondale announced Thursday he was dropping his
campaign for the 2014 Republican nomination.

Montenegro is a former aide to U.S. Rep. Trent Franks serving his third term in
the Arizona House of Representatives.

Cardon is a wealthy investor who ran for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination
last year and was defeated by eventually winner Jeff Flake. Montenegro says that
experience will help Cardon and he will support the effort.

Other Republicans considering runs include Sen. Michele Reagan and Rep. Justin
Pierce.

Current Secretary of State Ken Bennett is barred by term limits from running
for re-election.

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