Tuesday evening, Republican Presidential candidate and former Governor of New York, George Pataki alluded to an exit from the Republican presidential primary race.
Friends and supporters outside of NH, SC and Iowa – please check back here or on Facebook for my special message during @NBCChicagoMed
— George E. Pataki (@GovernorPataki) December 29, 2015
Shortly thereafter, citing Pataki backers, the Associated Press reported the former Governor would be bowing out:
Former New York Gov. George Pataki is telling supporters he’s ready to drop his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
He’s also alerting supporters and reporters to tune into a “special announcement” on television Tuesday night.
A centrist Republican who led New York through the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Pataki has failed to gain traction in a crowded field of candidates.
Pataki announced his bid by video in May. He has acknowledged being the longshot against better-known — and more bombastic — competitors.
Pataki had hung his hopes on doing well in early-voting New Hampshire but has barely registered in state or national polls.
The former governor also never made it onto a main debate stage and has had trouble raising funds.
It’s ok, I forgot he was running too.
UPDATE: He’s out
While tonight I suspend my campaign for president, I am confident we can elect the right person. https://t.co/mr4UunWASs
— George E. Pataki (@GovernorPataki) December 30, 2015
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