UPDATED Jan. 30, 2008 – Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, after third-place finishes in each of the five early Democratic contests so far, is ending his run for the White House.
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Edwards made his announcement in New Orleans, where he launched his second campaign for the presidency, Tuesday afternoon. He told supporters that it was time for him to step aside so that "history can blaze its path."
"We do not know who will take the final steps to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, but what we do know is that our Democratic Party will make history," Edward said. "We will be strong. We will be unified. And with our convictions and a little backbone we will take back the White House in November and hope and opportunity for this country."
Edwards, who first gained national attention as the running mate for Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, championed health care and programs for impoverished Americans.
Two Edwards aides told CNN that the former lawmaker had been contemplating dropping out of the race for some time, adding that he didn't have the resources or the necessary support to carry his campaign foward.
Just looking at the numbers, since he began his campaign, Edwards never really broke through any of the contests. He was also facing an uphill battle to raise money.
So, whom will he endorse? One his aides says no one right now. He also said that Edwards called both of his competitors, Senators Clinton and Obama, yesterday to give them a heads up about him dropping out of the race. The aide tells CNN that Edwards asked them both to make poverty an essential part of the general election and their adminstration if one of them is elected president.
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