Democrats Chris Dodd and Joe Biden Leave Race, Richardson and Hunter Stay

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 4, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 4,

Des Moines, IA ( — Two pro-abortion members of the U.S. Senate abandoned their campaigns for the Democratic nomination for president on Thursday night after poor showings in Iowa. Bill Richardson is still in as well and, despite capturing just one percent of the vote in the Hawkeye State, pro-life Rep. Duncan Hunter said he would still try for the GOP nod.

Dodd made his announcement during a rally speech at his campaign headquarters following the news that he came in seventh place in the Iowa caucuses just ahead of Mike Gravel and Dennis Kucinich with the support of one delegate.

Biden, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, received only a little more support than Dodd, with the backing of 22 delegates or one percent of the vote.

The Delaware senator first ran for president in 1988 and left the race before the Iowa vote after concerns that he lifted a speech from a British politician.

He then remained in the Senate and presided over the hearings of Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas.

Despite finishing in fourth place behind the three top-tier Democrats, pro-abortion New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, who received just two percent of the Iowa vote, said he would stay in the race.

"I just believe there is a lot of support for my position on the war, and I’m going to make this campaign a referendum on ending the war," he told AP before heading to New Hampshire.

He appeared to be ready to continue on until later primary states, saying "wait until we get to New Mexico, Arizona, California and Colorado."

AP reported that an entrance poll showed Richardson with the support of seven percent of Democrats but he couldn’t attain the 15 percent threshold to win viability votes.

Meanwhile, Hunter’s campaign manager told CNN the congressman would stay in the race and suggested that he would not do well in Iowa.

“Absolutely, he is staying in,” Roy Tyler said. “We actually predicted we would not do well in Iowa. We were not expecting a lot. That is why we did not put a lot of resources into there.”