by Steven Ertelt
October 10, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Pro-life Republican presidential candidates Sam Brownback and Tom Tancredo have said they will drop out of the race if they place fourth or lower in the January caucuses in Iowa. Looking at the current polling data, both candidates are mired in the lower single digits and they will need to boost their numbers significantly.
Brownback, a Kansas senator seen as one of the strongest pro-life candidates in the field, said Wednesday he will bow out if Iowa doesn’t treat his campaign well.
Asked in a live chat at the Washington Post web site about what would happen if he polled poorly in Iowa, Brownback said, "That is correct. I need to finish in that group to move on forward."
Meanwhile, Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo says his campaign will be "pretty much over with" unless he can finish in the top three in the New Hampshire primary or Iowa caucus. Then, he says, he’ll decide whether to seek re-election to the House.
Tancredo has been coy about his re-election plans and said he would tell his Denver constituents about whether he will run for re-election "the day after the (Colorado) Rockies play their last game" — referring to the baseball playoffs.
A new Des Moines Poll presents no good news for either candidate as it shows the top tier candidates with significant advantages.
The Monday survey found former Massachusetts Sen. Mitt Romney in the lead followed by former Sen. Fred Thompson, former Gov. Mike Huckabee, and former mayor Rudy Giuliani. Arizona Sen. John McCain placed fifth.
Brownback is hopeful he can make it into the top tier of candidates before the January caucuses.
"The Republican side of the field is unsettled," Brownback said. "It is not determined who will be our nominee — far from it."