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BAM: Another GOP candidate drops out

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You know it was just a matter of time really. The Republican presidential field simply has to narrow, and the process has begun.

In a move that will probably surprise exactly no one, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham announced today via a conference call to supporters that he would be dropping out of the race.

As Politico reports, “His announcement came on the same day as the deadline hit for him to remove his name from the South Carolina primary ballot, a date that had been closely watched amid speculation that the low-polling Graham would want to avoid a potentially poor performance in his own state’s contest.

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“I was hoping not to have to make this call, but I think the time has come for me to suspend my campaign,” he said as he opened the call.

“We’ve come to a point now where I just don’t see how we grow the campaign without getting on the main stage,” he said. “One of the biggest problems we’ve had was to get our voice on equal footing with others. This second-tier debate process has been difficult for us. I think we’ve done well in the debates, it’s just hard to break through because the buzz doesn’t last very long.”

His latest RealClearPolitics national polling average is only .5 percent. In New Hampshire, the state in which Graham has made the biggest efforts, campaigning there as recently as this weekend with ally John McCain, Graham’s average is 0 percent. Graham’s exiting of the race comes just weeks before the next Republican presidential debate comes to his home state, on Jan. 14.”

Ouch. However you fee about Senator Graham, you’ve gotta feel a little bad for someone polling ZERO percent.

So now of course the big question is, who’s going to be next?

[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]

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