Brownback to Quit GOP Race

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2007 10:43 AM CDT

(Newser) – Sam Brownback will withdraw from the GOP primaries as early as tomorrow, sources tell the AP. The conservative senator’s fundraising abilities apparently didn't keep pace with his presidential ambitions; his campaign reported raising only $800,000 in the third quarter. “I know Senator Brownback enjoyed campaigning and meeting new people and talking about ideas,” the source said, “but I think it came down to money.”

Always a longshot candidate, Brownback aimed his message at the party’s farthest right wing. He polls at about 1.4%, USA Today reports, well behind Mike Huckabee, who is targeting the same base. Brownback, who pledged to serve only two Senate terms, is expected to run for governor of Kansas.