I’m surprised he actually waited until after Christmas, but so be it. Former New York Governor George Pataki has ended his 2016 presidential election bid and will no longer seek the Republican nomination. Pataki was never able to garner any real support and the reasoning for his candidacy escaped even the most seasoned of political analysts.


Report from NBC News:

Former New York Gov. George Pataki announced he is ending his 2016 presidential campaign in a message to GOP voters that aired on NBC News affiliates in the early primary states of New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina.

“While tonight is the end of my journey for the White House as I suspend my campaign for president, I am confident we can elect the right person,” Pataki said. “Someone who will bring us together and who understands that politicians, including the president, must be the people’s servant and not their master.”

Pataki recounted his record as governor and invoked his experiences on 9/11, saying “if we’re truly going to make America great again, we need to elect a president who will do three things — confront and defeat radical Islam, shrink the size and power of Washington and unite us again in our belief in this great country.”

Pataki didn’t have any real support for candidates to fight over but it does indicate a consolidation of the field. The numbers are dwindling on the Republican side though several stragglers still remain. The next debate will see a tighter limit on the main debate stage and could push the number down to just six candidates in primetime on January 14.

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Nate Ashworth is the Founder and Senior Editor of Election Central. He's been blogging elections and politics for almost a decade. He started covering the 2008 Presidential Election which turned into a full-time political blog in 2012 and 2016.

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