Kucinich Drops From Race

Poor primary results force liberal to focus on Ohio congressional seat
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 24, 2008 6:01 PM CST
U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich announces he will seek re-election to Congress at the Laborers International Union hall in Cleveland in this Jan. 9, 2008 file photo. Kucinich plans to announce Friday, Jan....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – With few votes to show for his efforts and facing a tough congressional re-election fight, left-leaning Dennis Kucinich said today he's dropping out of the Democratic presidential race. Kucinich, a six-term Ohio congressman, told the Cleveland Plain Dealer he's leaving the race for practical reasons, though he's "been able to do more than hold my own."

Kucinich, 61, said he'll make official tomorrow the end of a campaign in which he's called for universal health care, the establishment of a Department of Peace, and the impeachment of Vice President Dick Cheney. "There is a point at which you just realize that you accept it, that it isn't going to happen and you move on," Kucinich said.