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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080110/ap_on_el_pr/richardson;_ylt=AnStIjWdLlEg7gmYqXemn5iyFz4D AP NewsBreak: Richardson ends bid By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated
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      AP NewsBreak: Richardson ends bid

      By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press Writer 2 minutes
      ago

      MERRIMACK, N.H. - 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.

      Richardson had one of the most wide-ranging resumes of
      any candidate ever to run for the presidency, bringing
      experience from his time in Congress, President
      Clinton's Cabinet, in the New Mexico statehouse as
      well as his unique role as a freelance diplomat. As a
      Hispanic, he added to the unprecedented diversity in
      the Democratic field that also included a black and a
      woman.

      But Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama dominated
      the spotlight in the campaign, and Richardson was
      never able to become a top-tier contender. He accused
      his rivals of failing to commit to bring troops home
      from Iraq soon enough.

      He portrayed his campaign as a job application for
      president, and ran clever ads that showed a bored
      interviewer unimpressed with his dazzling resume. The
      commercials helped fuel his move to double-digit
      support in some early state polls, and advisers argued
      he was poised to move past former vice presidential
      nominee John Edwards for the role of third-place
      challenger.

      But he was not able to build the momentum and came in
      a distant fourth place in Iowa and New Hampshire.
      Richardson didn't get quite 5 percent in the New
      Hampshire primary Tuesday and came in with just 2
      percent in the Iowa caucus last week.
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