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MECHAM'S INDEPENDENT RUN FOR SENATE IS BACK ON TRACK

Impeached Gov. Evan Mecham's independent Senate candidacy appeared back on track Friday after his opponent withdrew a legal challenge to petitions to put Mecham's name on the ballot.

Lawyers for Mecham and Sen. John McCain, a Republican, said McCain dropped his challenge late Thursday, before a hearing Friday on McCain's claim that the petitions did not have enough valid signatures.Wes Gullett, McCain's campaign manager, said county recorders had found enough of the questioned signatures were valid to qualify Mecham for the ballot.