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GOP Straw Poll Finishes Tommy Thompson

Former Wisconsin governor drops out after 6th-place showing
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 13, 2007 12:50 AM CDT

(Newser) – Longshot presidential candidate Tommy Thompson announced yesterday he's dropping out of the race after finishing sixth in Iowa's Republican straw poll. The former Wisconsin governor set a goal for himself of coming in first or second, but he couldn't even beat Libertarian loose cannon Ron Paul. "There's no sense in looking back," he said.

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"I felt my record as governor of Wisconsin and secretary of Health and Human Services gave me the experience I needed to serve as president, but I respect the decision of the voters." He tallied 1,039 votes, less than a quarter of Mitt Romney's winning total. Thompson plans to return to the private sector. (Read more presidential campaign stories.)

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