Richardson Drops Out of Race

New Mexico governor will make announcement tomorrow, AP says
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2008 6:50 PM CST
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson speaks to supporters as state political advisers George Bruno, left, and former mayor Bob Baines listen with supporters in Manchester, N.H., Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008. Richardson...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Bill Richardson is ending his bid for the presidency following lackluster showings in New Hampshire and Iowa, the AP reports. The New Mexico governor finished fourth in both races, unable to compete with the star power of his top three Democratic rivals. Richardson will make the official announcement tomorrow, says AP, quoting anonymous advisers.

Richardson, 60, got about 5% of the vote in Tuesday's primary in New Hampshire and about 2% in Iowa. He managed to hang around longer than any of the other Democratic also-rans but could not mount a serious challenge to Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, or John Edwards, despite a resume that includes not only his governorship but a stint as UN ambassador.