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Brownback Makes It Official

Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas officially withdrew from the 2008 presidential contest today, telling reporters in his home state that a lack of cash and support made continuing his long-shot bid for the White House impossible.

Brownback made his withdrawl official in front of the Kansas statehouse after reporting recently that he had only $94,000 in cash to continue campaigning. "We're out of money," he told reporters. "My yellow brick road came just short of the White House this time."

Brownback had captured only a few percentage points of support in most national polls and finished third in Iowa's summer straw poll despite campaigning across the state and pouring resources into winning the Christian vote in rural parts of the state.

A former U.S. House member, Brownback was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996 when Bob Dole ran for president. He won two full terms in 1998 and 2004. Political observers in Kansas expect that he will seek the state's governor's office in 2010.

Brownback became the third Republican to drop out of the 2008 presidential contest, following former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson and former Virginia governor James S. Gilmore III.

By Bill Hamilton  |  October 19, 2007; 7:09 PM ET
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And Sen. Brownback won't be the last. The early bird states are insisting their voters vote on candidates who will not be in the race at the finish when having seen only the previews rather than more of the real show where the devilish details get exposed. And if no clear winner shows up early the later states, even the small ones, may have more influence and attention than those first off the blocks. What happens to any elected delegates whose candidate is no longer in the race come convention time? It's a long time from mid-winter to mid-fall and things happen, they always do.

Posted by: Valjean1 | October 20, 2007 12:22 PM | Report abuse

religiosity alone isn't enough to engender success at campaigning for national office, but the outsized role of religiosity has helped americans avoid facing the world as it is: for instance, americans just don't mind that they've caused more than a million innocent iraqis to die

Posted by: herbert-de-turbot | October 20, 2007 3:35 AM | Report abuse

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