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Brownback to Drop Out?

Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) speaks during a Republican candidates' forum in Casper, Wyo. (AP)

Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kansas), who has struggled to compete financially for the Republican presidential nomination, will announce tomorrow that he is dropping out of the 2008 contest, the Associated Press reported this morning.

Aides to the senator did not return calls this morning. The AP report cited two sources close to the senator, who said problems raising money prompted the upcoming announcement.

Brownback reported having only $95,000 in cash after the quarter that ended on Sept. 30. In total, Brownback has only raised $3.5 million, far short of the tens of millions that the leading candidates have raised.

A conservative who talked frequently about his faith, Brownback campaigned aggressively this summer in Iowa, but placed third behind former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee.

Brownback's message about the importance of faith was often upstaged at the presidential debates by Huckabee, who is a former minister and spoke eloquently about religion several times during the debates.

And Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo's anti-immigration rants often stole the thunder from Brownback, who also advocates aggressive enforcement of the border.

That left the Kansas senator with little attention from the national media and little name recognition in national polls. In the latest USA Today/Gallup poll, Brownback received only two percent among likely Republican voters.

--Michael D. Shear

By Washington Post Editor  |  October 18, 2007; 10:45 AM ET
Categories:  A_Blog , Sam Brownback  
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