July 14, 2007
Saturday, former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore made a formal announcement of his withdrawal from the race for the republican nomination for president.
"I am today withdrawing my candidacy for the Republican nomination for President. It has been a positive and rewarding experience for me, for my family, and for my supporters," said Gilmore.
Gilmore cited his late start as one major reason for his decision.
"It has become apparent to me that the combination of my late start, and the front loaded nature of the primary schedule, have made it impractical to continue to pursue this path towards further public service," he said.
Gilmore now plans to focus his efforts on forming a state political action committee to assist republican candidates in the general assembly, as well as looking for any other ways he can continue in public service of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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