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One of the good guys drops out
Richardson Drops Out of Democratic Race
Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico is pulling out of the presidential race, after coming in fourth in both the New Hampshire primary and the Iowa caucuses.
Mr. Richardson made the decision after returning to New Mexico yesterday and meeting with his top advisers. He is expected to make an announcement Thursday, according to sources with knowledge of the governorâ€™s decision.
Mr. Richardsonâ€™s withdrawal removes a candidate who had a hard-edged message of immediate troop withdrawal from Iraq, but tempered it with humorous television advertisements that emphasized his wide-ranging credentials in a clever and effective way.
In New Hampshire, Mr. Richardson gained less than five percent of the vote on Tuesday. In Iowa last Thursday, he came in with two percent of the caucus vote, despite having spent weeks campaigning in the state and flooding the airwaves with a series of commercials that portrayed him as a job seeker in front of a bored interviewer, unimpressed with his extensive rĂ©sumĂ©.
For a while, Mr. Richardson was in double-digit territory in Iowa, but that lead diminished as the campaigns of Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton gained strength. It is unclear whether Richardson supporters will gravitate to Mr. Obama or Mrs. Clinton.
Mr. Richardson was the lone Democrat to rise to Mrs. Clintonâ€™s defense as she was seen to be criticized by other candidates in an early Democratic debate. At the same time, reports had been circulating that the Richardson campaign had told supporters to make Mr. Obama their second-place choice in Iowa â€” reports that both campaigns denied, but were said to have driven a wedge between his campaign and the Clinton campaign.
As the lone Hispanic in the race, Mr. Richardson was expected to draw on support from the sizable Latino population in upcoming Nevada and California primaries. His withdrawal could see these voters swing to either Mr. Obama, who had a strong Hispanic following in Iowa, or to Mrs. Clinton, whose campaign is making an equally vigorous outreach effort.
There also had been a report, carried in the NewMexican.Com, which is based in Mr. Richardsonâ€™s home town of Santa Fe, that Mr. Richardson had considered remaining in the race at least through Feb. 5, in order to control the New Mexican Democratic delegation and deliver it to the candidate of his choice. While Mr. Richardson had hoped to do well in Western states, polls showed that he remained in the single-digits in that region, except for in New Mexico.
Mr. Richardson has also repeatedly denied that he was in the race to secure a vice-presidential bid or to get a major appointment should Democrats re-take the White House. Under New Mexicoâ€™s term-limits, he must leave office in 2010.
Among Democratic contenders, Mr. Richardson, who was born 60 years ago to an American father and Mexican mother and grew up in Mexico City, is seen has having one of the strongest rĂ©sumĂ©s. At campaign stops, he quickly reminded voters that he had been a congressman, a governor, a former secretary of energy and a former ambassador to the United Nations. In addition, he had negotiated with leaders in Cuba, Sudan and North Korea to secure the release of American hostages.
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