Monday, August 13, 2007

One down...

They say the first cut is the hardest...

After tonight, anyone writing about a presidential candidate named Thompson will not feel forced to use his first name. Tommy Thompson, the former Wisconsin governor and Bush administration official, has withdrawn from the race tonight after a disappointing result in the Ames straw poll:
Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson dropped out of the race for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination tonight, a day after he finished a disappointing sixth in the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa.

"I have no regrets about running," Thompson said in a statement released by his campaign. "I felt my record as Governor of Wisconsin and Secretary of Health and Human Services gave me the experience I needed to serve as President, but I respect the decision of the voters."

Thompson is the first casualty of Saturday's Straw Poll. He had pledged to leave the race if he didn't finish first or second in the non-binding vote, which is seen as the first serious test of the 2008 Republican race.
Thompson thanked his supporters, but acknowledged the obvious -- that his campaign had generated no traction at all, anywhere. The sixth-place finish in a race in which the top three national candidates did not participate in a state bordering on his own made it clear that he had no future as a candidate.
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