André Bachand, the lone Quebecer running for the leadership of the federal Progressive Conservative party, has decided to drop out of the race.

Bachand made the announcement Monday in Ottawa and is throwing his support behind the front-runner in the race, Peter MacKay.

Six men will now campaign to replace Joe Clark as Tory leader.

Bachand had been running fifth in the race, and had failed to gather support among party delegates and to raise enough money for his campaign.

Sources say Bachand decided to support the front-runner because MacKay's team had pledged to help with Bachand's campaign debt.

The new PC leader will be chosen at a convention in Toronto on June 1.