Bill Richardson Ends Presidential Bid

Story from My Way:

MERRIMACK, N.H. (AP) – New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson ended his campaign for the presidency Wednesday after twin fourth-place finishes that showed his impressive credentials could not compete with his rivals’ star power.

Richardson planned to announce the decision Thursday, according to two people close to the governor with knowledge of the decision. They spoke on a condition of anonymity in advance of the governor’s announcement.

The Richardson campaign would not comment on the governor’s decision, reached after a meeting with his top advisers Wednesday in New Mexico.

One more down, a couple more to go for the Democrats. I’ll update this tomorrow with an official statement from his campaign once the announcement is made. Farewell to Richardson although we may see him in the future as a vice presidential candidate perhaps.

Update

As a formality, here’s the official press release from Richardon’s website:

SANTA FE, NM — New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson today announced that he is ending his bid for the 2008 Democratic Presidential nomination. Below are the Governor’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, from an afternoon news conference at the New Mexico State Capitol building in Santa Fe.

You can read the full statement on his site as I wasn’t able to find any video.