by Steven Ertelt
January 9, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Bill Richardson, the pro-abortion New Mexico governor, is the latest candidate to leave the race for the Democratic nomination. Richardson was considered the best of the second-tier candidates after Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards, but he received scant support in both Iowa and New Hampshire.
Richardson only received the support of two percent of Iowa voters and five percent of those in New Hampshire, and the totals were low enough for him to pull out.
He is expected to formally issue the announcement that he is withdrawing from the race on Wednesday.
A spokesman for his campaign told CNN that Richardson didn’t get enough votes or enough money to stay competitive.
With a close presidential race, his endorsement and support among western and Hispanic voters could help either Obama or Clinton get additional momentum, especially in Nevada, the site of one of the next presidential battlegrounds.
Richardson himself denied questions about whether he would leave the race just hours after the polls closed in New Hampshire on Tuesday.
He said he planned to stay in the race to compete in Nevada and other western states that participate in Super Tuesday in February.
"We head out West and the fight goes on, and we will continue,” he told a few hundred supporters on Tuesday night.
“And so we know from the results tonight there is not going to be any premature coronation," Richardson added. "This race is going on and on and on."
Richardson served as United Nations ambassador and Energy secretary under President Bill Clinton and was a member of the House of Representatives from 1983 to 1997.
While in Congress, Richardson compiled only an 8% pro-life voting record on 79 roll call votes on pro-life issues during his tenure, according to National Right to Life.
During the 2004 presidential elections, he lent his support to the launch of a NARAL fundraising campaign that collected more than $25 million to elect pro-abortion presidential nominee John Kerry.
Richardson also supports embryonic stem cell research which involves the destruction of human life.
Last November, he said he wanted the New Mexico state legislature to force taxpayers to spend millions of dollars promoting the unproven science. He said he wanted to spend $10 million in state funds to make the University of New Mexico a leader in the controversial field.