Richardson to Leave, But Not Yet Endorse
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.
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.
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