Tancredo will drop out of the presidential race Thursday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Rep. Tom Tancredo is set to abandon his long-shot bid for the Republican presidential nomination Thursday afternoon, a source close to the Colorado Republican tells CNN.
The announcement is expected to come at a 3 p.m. ET press conference in Iowa.
Tancredo is a fierce proponent of stricter illegal immigration laws, but his campaign struggled to gain traction with the Republican base. An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll out Wednesday night showed the congressman registered less than 1 percent support nationally, and a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll in Iowa Thursday put Tancredo at only 3 percent.
Earlier this week, Iowa Rep. Steve King, a friend of Tancredo's who shares his tough stance on immigration, announced he was backing former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson instead.
– CNN Political Director Sam Feist
About time for this ignorant and xenophobic candiddte to withdrawal
I am glad this jerk is dropping out. He finally realizes that America will not elect a prejudice and ignorant person like him. I couldn't believe he declined to particpate in the Univision debates. Even the other Republican candidates are smart enough to see that the Hispanic vote is an important one in these upcoming elections. Now he can go back and hang out with his minute men buddies. I pray he is never elected to office again.
He won't be missed.. Another one bites the dust
Hail a cab! Fred Thompson is next!!
Good riddance – talk about your one-trick pony.
Tom who? Well, that's 1% more for Ron Paul. Paul looks to be in a solid third place now in the early voting states.
Duncan Hines, you're next to go!
Well now the Republicans don't stand a chance, Tancredo is out. Surprised he fought it this long. At least he was allowed to debate, unlike Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel.
*crickets chirping*...there goes a sage brush.
Anyone know the price of tea in China?
Please say it ain't so!!!
Why drop out now? He might as well wait till after Iowa. Unless he just can't afford to get his people to the caucuses.
Oh, what a shame. He had such a good shot at getting the nomination...
I'm sad about this, because Tancredo was my #2 choice. Perhaps if we wasn't pro-war, he would have caught on.
Its about time.This guy is looser and bigot.He needs to go back home and rethink his way of leadership.
It is about time. Finally Tancredo got the message through his thick head. Even the Republican party didn't deem you necessary to lead the pary. Now we need Mike Gravel, Alan Keyes, Kucinich and others to follow lead.
Here's your hat, what's your hurry?
Good Riddance, Mr. Xenophobe!
Wow – this should really shake things up. Now lets play nice when we divide up that 1% among those who are left.
I didn't even know this guy was running. Tancredo who?
Tancredo was running for president? Why, and who cares, and who did he think was going to vote for him?
I am surprised he waited this long. He should have known his time was up when he said during a debate that "Tancredo was being out `Tancredoed'" by other candidates. He was focused too much on just one issue.
This was a wasted effort to highlight the immigration issue since the majority of Americans currently think that our border should be secure and the immigration process improved. All this did was take away floor time for the candidates who had any significant support.
Its ironic. The man who wants to enforce our immigration laws gets knocked down by those who ignore the laws all together. Am I mistaken or is one of the responsiblities, and quite possibly one of the most important responsibilities, of our elected officials is to uphold our laws? They cannot pick and choose which laws they are going to uphold. I admire Tancredo for saying what millions of us believe and that is there should be no rewards (amnesty) for those who have nothing but contempt for our laws. Our local economies are suffering under the high costs of illegal immigration and I hope the candidate chosen realizes that.
Was he a legal or illegal presidential candidate? I think we better check his papers on his way out the door.
I was afraid I'd see this. :( I really liked Tancredo too.