Posted: January 24, 2008 5:35 PM
Kucinich to Drop Out of Democratic Race, Newspaper Reports
Congressman Dennis Kucinich said Thursday afternoon that he is dropping out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.
Explaining that he wants “to continue to serve in Congress,” Kucinich told the newspaper he would make a formal announcement on Friday and that he will not endorse another Democratic candidate.
Some have speculated that Kucinich fears losing his congressional seat amid a stiff challenge from fellow Ohio Democrats.
“I’m running for re-election to the United States Congress and I need your help to make sure that I stay in Congress,” Kucinich said, according to The Hill.
Meanwhile, a New Hampshire Democratic primary recount finished on Wednesday after 40 percent of it was funded by Kucinich’s campaign.
According to Daily Kos, no appreciable difference was found between the actual count and the official tally, with Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York losing 25 votes to finish at 48,940 and Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois dropping 7 votes down to 38,408.