"Breaking" News: Gilmore Out of GOP Presidential Race

| Sun Jul. 15, 2007 5:31 PM EDT

Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore has dropped out of the Republican race. "Because of the front-loading of the primaries, I would have basically had to stop campaigning and spend full time organizing hundreds of people to raise money for me," he said. Gilmore had raised $381,000, compared to Mitt Romney's $35 million.

I hope this doesn't lead to a tumble of second- and third-tier Republican candidates leaving the race. The more candidates they have, the more spread out the demand for money and the less clarity the GOP can get in debates and on the campaign trail. Don't go anywhere yet, Sam Brownback!

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