2016 Gets a New Long Shot: George Pataki
Will announce Thursday despite tough outlook from pundits, polls
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted May 26, 2015 9:38 AM CDT
Former New York Gov. George Pataki speaks during the Iowa Republican Party's Lincoln Dinner, May 16, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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(Newser) – The already crowded list of 2016 presidential contenders will grow by at least one this week: George Pataki is set to announce his candidacy for the Republican nomination from New Hampshire on Thursday, reports the New York Post. Pataki, who left his post as New York governor in 2006, appears to be thumbing his nose at polls and pundits who say he doesn't have much of a chance, reports Politico. "It will be a very stiff climb up a very steep mountain, but that hasn't stopped me in the past," Pataki tells the Post. The pro-choice moderate aims to make strides in New Hampshire before the first GOP debate in August; only the top 10 candidates based on polling will be invited.