And Another One Bites The Dust
Fred Thompson quits presidential race
By DAVID ESPO and LIZ SIDOTI, Associated Press Writer Tue Jan 22, 6:54 PM ET
NAPLES, Fla. - Republican
"Today, I have withdrawn my candidacy for president of the United States. I hope that my country and my party have benefited from our having made this effort," the former
senator said in a brief statement.
Thompson's fate was sealed last Saturday in the, when he finished third in a state he had said he needed to do well in, if not win.
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The First Casualty:
Rep. Duncan Hunter exits Republican race
Sun Jan 20, 12:42 AM ET
SAN DIEGO -"I ran the campaign exactly the way I wanted to, and at this point not being able to gain traction in conservative states of Nevada and is dropping out of the race for the after a poor showing in the caucus. , it's time to allow our volunteers and supporters to focus on the campaigns that remain viable," Hunter said in a statement issued Saturday in advance of a speech planned later in the evening to campaign workers and other supporters.
"We thought we'd do much better in Nevada, but the numbers weren't there," said campaign spokesman Bob Bevill. "We were not able to get any traction."
In recent weeks Hunter, a, was forced at every stop to dispel rumors that the campaign was already dead and was unable to talk about the issues, Bevill said. The best showing of Hunter's campaign was in 's Jan. 5 caucuses, in which he won 8 percent of the vote, finishing third behind and .
"The media has a 'vote someone off the island' mentality andwas a casualty of that," said Bevill.
Hunter, a, was elected to Congress in 1980 as part of President Reagan's sweep into power. He appealed to some conservatives by focusing on military issues and border security.
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