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.
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