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John Edwards drops out of race

Latest update : 2008-01-30

Democratic hopeful John Edwards has dropped out of the US presidential race, leaving Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama as the only contenders for the Democratic Party nomination. G. Meyer reports.

WASHINGTON, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Former North Carolina Sen.
John Edwards, who focused his bid for the Democratic nomination
on helping the middle class, will withdraw from the U.S.
presidential race in a speech later on Wednesday.


A campaign official said Edwards would announce his
decision to pull out during a speech in New Orleans at 1 p.m.
EST (1800 GMT).


Edwards has not one a single contest in the Democratic race
for U.S. president, and lags behind front-runners Barack Obama
and Hillary Clinton in public opinion polls.


The South Carolina native, a millionaire lawyer, was
returning to New Orleans, where he began his campaign keyed to
a theme of combating poverty in America.


The decision came shortly after Edwards lost in South
Carolina to Obama and Clinton in the only state he won during
his failed 2004 presidential bid.


He has lagged all year behind the two in the race for the
Democratic party nomination.

Date created : 2008-01-30