Former Mass. Gov. Weld drops out of New York race

Tuesday, June 6, 2006; 1:14 PM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld ended his bid to become governor of New York on Tuesday after a weak showing at the state Republican Party convention and pleas by party leaders to drop out of the race.

The move averts a Republican primary contest between Weld and former state legislator John Faso and leaves the more conservative Faso to face the heavily favored Democrat, state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, in the November election.

"I have come to the conclusion that this is not the time for a contested primary in this party," Weld said at a Manhattan news conference.

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