Tancredo Decides to Exit Presidential Race

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Tony Yin writes, Republican representative Tom Tancredo…

Republican representative Tom Tancredo, the only Colorado presidential candidate announced that he will pull out of the presidential race today. He said in a press conference today that he will not continue to become a candidate and will from now on support Republican Mitt Romney. Tom Tancredo is most notable for his toughness on the issue of immigration. The Colorado representative has been last place on the polls on the nine person republican candidate for a long time. Now he finally gives up and decides to support Mitt Romney. Fears about illegal immigration boosted Tancredo’s profile, but it didn’t translate into support as reflected by his low standing in polls and his limited fundraising. In part, candidates such as Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani usurped Tancredo’s hardline stance on the issue, prompting the congressman to quip at one debate that “all I’ve heard is people trying to out-Tancredo Tancredo.”He said he decided to drop out in part because of concern that staying in could split the vote for other candidates who have taken a hard line on immigration, helping those who would take a less restrictive approach. In addition he said, “I fear remaining in this race, one which I cannot win, would contribute to the nomination of one of these candidates.” Thomas Gerard Tancredo has been a member of the United States House of Representatives since 1999, representing the 6th Congressional District of Colorado. Tancredo rose to national prominence for his strong stance against illegal immigration. On October 28, 2007, Tancredo announced that he would not seek re-election to his Congressional seat. But he is seeking a position in the senate afterwards. Tancredo announced on December 20, 2007 that he was dropping out of the presidential race as well.

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