Duncan Drops Out of GOP Race

California lawmaker pushed immigration in longshot bid
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2008 9:03 PM CST
Republic presidential hopefuls, from left, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Sen. Fred Thompson, R.-Tenn., former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Rep....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – California Rep. Duncan Hunter pulled out of the GOP presidential race today after winning only 2% of votes in the Nevada caucuses, CNN reports. The San Diego-area lawmaker said that failing to "gain traction in conservative states of Nevada and South Carolina" proved it was time to quit. A long-shot hopeful, he raised little money and almost no attention outside of GOP debates, the Washington Post reports.

Hunter called his year-long campaign "very worthwhile" for having promoted a hard line on immigration and defense.  "We have driven the issues of national security, the border fence, the emergence of China and the need to reverse bad trade policy," he said. He vows to return to the House of Representatives to continue work on defense legislation, his specialty. (Read more Duncan Hunter stories.)