U.S. Rep. candidate drops presidential bid

Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore dropped his bid for the White House on Saturday, becoming the first of the 10 Republican candidates to leave the race for the party's presidential nomination.

U.S. Rep. candidate drops presidential bid
Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore dropped his bid for the White House on Saturday, becoming the first of the 10 Republican candidates to leave the race for the party's presidential nomination.

"I have come to believe that it takes more than a positive vision for our nation's future to successfully compete for the presidency," he said in a statement.

Gilmore said he believes it takes years of preparation to put in place both the political and financial infrastructure to contest what now amounts to a one-day national primary in February next year.

He complained that his late entry into the race and the front-loaded primary schedule had made it "impractical" to continue.

Gilmore announced in December 2006 that he would form an exploratory committee to "fill the conservative void" in the race, and officially filed papers with the Federal Election Commission to form the Jim Gilmore for President Exploratory Committee in January 2007.

He officially announced his candidacy on April 26, 2007, but raised only 174,790 U.S. dollars during the first three months this year, the lowest of the 10 Republican candidates.

Gilmore, who was born in Richmond, Virginia, in October 1949, was elected the state's attorney general in 1993 and governor in 1997. After serving governor for the one term allowed by state law, Gilmore served as the chairman of the Republican National Committee from January 2001 to January 2002.

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