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Richardson at an event in New Hampshire on Monday. (AP).

By Dan Balz
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who has been far back in the pack in the first two contests of the 2008 Democratic campaign, will end his candidacy today, according to two sources close to the campaign, but will not now endorse any of the other candidates still in the race.

VIDEO | Democrat Bill Richardson Announced Thursday that he is pulling out of the 2008 presidential race. (AP Video)

Richardson will announce his decision in Santa Fe at mid-day New Mexico time. There has been speculation about whether he might endorse someone -- he has been Hillary Clinton's biggest defender during recent debates -- but one source said not to expect any early endorsement by the governor.

Richardson, seeking to become the first Latino presidential nominee, will bow out before the Nevada caucuses that he and his advisers helped engineer. Richardson had hoped to score well in the first western contest of the nomination battle, using his western connections and his Latino appeal.

But Iowa and New Hampshire closed the door on those aspirations, and he joins two other Democrats, Joe Biden and Chris Dodd, who struggled for attention throughout the campaign as the early casualties of 2008.

(Transcript of Richardson's announcement.)

Posted at 12:18 PM ET on Jan 10, 2008
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P.S. Richardson is waiting to see who he thinks will be the nominee (since he wants to be on that ticket) before endorsing anyone. Here's a good scorecard so far:

http://thehill.com/endorsements-2008.html

Posted by: JakeD | January 10, 2008 5:32 PM

steveoh:

Those are indeed some long legs, ur, I mean, odds.

b_baboun:

If Hillary Clinton has ever been in a Madrasa, was it without Secret Service protection? If so, then I agree she could have been brainwashed too ; )

Posted by: JakeD | January 10, 2008 3:28 PM

Dodd, Biden and Richardson--all serious men with more than a fleeting grasp on reality--drop out and yet Kucinich continues to cavort around the country, tilting at windmills on an endless taxpayer-funded ego trip. Would whoever provided such sage counsel to Dodd, Biden and Richardson please make the same case to our Elf from Cleveland? Our village idiot is missing....

The odds of Kucinich doing better this year than he did in 2004 are longer than his wife's legs (and that's saying something!)

Posted by: steveoh1996 | January 10, 2008 3:16 PM

You're working at FoxNews in the smear department right? Well, I don't worry then, Hillary will surely loose...

Beware beware, Clinton has been in a Madrasa...

Posted by: b_baboun | January 10, 2008 1:01 PM

It won't matter much who he endorses. It most probably will just make it harder to gain a position with the winner's Exectutive appointees-God only knows who those might be!-And Heaven Help us!

See, as the only Exectutive in the Dim's Camp, he attracted both Younger "Green Party" Libbies, and an equal number of Moderates! The Greens will run off to Obasama, and Edwards, the Moderates to the Clintons-eventually splitting again between the Socialists, and the Conservatives!

RAT has spoken!

Posted by: rat-the | January 10, 2008 12:32 PM

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