Jan 4, 2008

Dodd throws in the towel after poor showing

After capturing less than 1 percent of the vote in Thursday night’s Iowa Caucus, Connecticut Democratic U.S. Senator Chris Dodd announced he is dropping out of the race for President in 2008.

Calling the past year spent year campaigning for the presidency as one of the most rewarding in a career of public service that includes five terms in the U.S. Senate, Dodd called it quits in a short speech to his supporters.

“But there is no reason to hang our heads this evening -- only the opportunity to look towards a continuation of the work we started last January: ending the Iraq War, restoring the Constitution, and putting a Democrat in the White House,” he said. “We made a real difference in shaping the debate, and we'll continue to do so in the coming days, weeks and years.”

Despite dropping out of the race, Dodd’s name will remain on the ballot for the Jan. 15 Michigan primary, along with just fellow Democrats U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich and Sen. Mike Gravel.

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