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Former N.Y. governor Pataki suspends presidential campaign

By Doug G. Ware, Ann Marie Awad
Former N.Y. governor Pataki suspends presidential campaign
Republican presidential hopeful George Pataki has decided to suspend his presidential campaign, supporters said Tuesday. A former three-term governor of New York, Pataki struggled to find support among GOP voters with a crowded field of contenders. Photo by Molly Riley/UPI | License Photo

NEW YORK, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Longshot Republican presidential candidate George Pataki has announced he is suspending his presidential campaign.

Pataki made the announcement Tuesday night in a YouTube video in which he sits in front of a fireplace and looks back on his career in politics.

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"Tonight is the end of my journey for the White House as I suspend my campaign for president," Pataki said in the video. "I'm confident we can elect the right person, someone who will bring us together and who understands that politicians -- including the President -- must be the peoples' servant."

Pataki told USA Today in November that he would withdraw from the race "If someone emerged who I believe could unite the party and lead the country and win the election."

According to his latest filing with the Federal Election Commission, Pataki ends his presidential bid with $13,570 cash on hand.

A three-term governor of New York, Pataki launched a campaign that never gained much traction. In the polls, he consistently finished at the bottom of the GOP pack. RealClear Politics had Pataki polling at zero percent in an average of several recent polls.

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Pataki's departure leaves 12 Republicans in the field about a month before the first caucus of 2016 in Iowa.

One of his supporters, real estate developer Earle I. Mack, said Pataki's moderate stance may have been the biggest reason he failed to attract much of a following, The New York Times reported.

Pataki served as governor of New York between 1995 and 2006.

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