January 19th, 2008
06:51 PM ET
2 years ago

Hunter exits presidential race

 Hunter will announce later Saturday he is exiting the White House race.
Hunter will announce later Saturday he is exiting the White House race.

NEW YORK (CNN) - Rep. Duncan Hunter has abandoned his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, the California congressman said in a statement released Saturday evening.

“Today we end this campaign,” said Hunter, according to an advance copy of his remarks he was scheduled to deliver later in the evening.

The California Republican, an outspoken proponent of cracking down on illegal immigration, did poorly in the Nevada GOP caucuses held earlier in the day.

“The Nevada caucuses reflecting only 2 percent of the vote for me,” he said. “I ran the campaign exactly the way I wanted to, and at this point not being able to gain traction in conservative states of Nevada and South Carolina, it's time to allow our volunteers and supporters to focus on the campaigns that remain viable.”

– CNN Political Producer Alan Isenberg


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soundoff (86 Responses)
  1. Eric Worthington

    I was suprised when Tancredo endorsed Romney, I certainly hope Hunter see's through the rhetoric and endorses Huckabee. With the strongest Illegal Immigration plan and A+ grade on 2nd amendment from both the NRA and the GOA, clearly Huckabee should be Hunter supporters next in line.

    January 19, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  2. Dave

    Sorry California, this means he'll be coming back home.

    January 19, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  3. Denny

    McCain – The Lib The RINO 37 %
    The Rest of the pac conservative 58%
    and then there is Ron Paul 04%

    Conservatives are winning, but we need to narrow down the party

    January 19, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  4. Jen Cedar Falls, IA

    Eric Worthington, take a deeper look into Huckabee and his immigration experiences. He's just making up new stuff (actually he borrowed it from Romney) but Huckabee will in no way make it to the Presidency. Anyone that is the Dem nominee will eat him up in throughout the race, easily. The man could hardly hold back tears when Romney put on factual ads about Huckabee's record as a politician. They weren't attack ads either. They were factual, he just couldn't take the heat and the religious right nutcases here in Iowa couldn't see past their pulpits and voted with their blinders on and ear plugs in.

    Huckabee couldn't win the White House running against Winnie-the-Pooh.

    January 19, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  5. Diane

    This is truly sad. I'm a huge Huckabee supporter, but think Hunter has got great plans.

    January 19, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  6. Thomas Dockery

    We went to the "Town Meeting" with Duncan Hunter last night. His views are so very conservative, but he just didn't have the funds to out advertise his fellow Republican candidates. My wife even spoke for him at our Nevada Caucus this morning! He really would have been the man for the job!
    We wish you well, Duncan Hunter...we wish you well.

    January 19, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  7. Jonathan, UT

    Hope he endorses Romney.

    January 19, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  8. Greg

    I liked Duncan and have no idea why he gained no traction among voters. Probably a combo of things: Lack of mass appeal, not advertising enough, field just too crowded already, among other possibilities. x........Greg...........

    January 19, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  9. Lous

    clinton and mc cain..this country be coming going to the hell ,they let china ,mexico cheap labor to ruining us and they not attention for citizen ,

    We dont want vote democraps because we have more than the 35 IQ which is most common for the morons that always vote for democraps. Since her husband already sold 98% of everything thru NAFTA Billary is anxious to unload the other 2 %.

    If Billary becomes president she'll replace our justice dept with LA RAZA and sell everything own by goverment to china or anybody else that will pay her a salesman's commission.

    FOR SALE – UNITED STATE OF AMERICA
    REAL,REAL CHEAP
    CONTACT BILLARY AT WHITE HOUSE
    (WHITE HOUSE ALSO FOR SALE)

    January 19, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  10. Cable King Pittsburgh PA

    BACK TO THE STONE AGE HUNTER!

    January 19, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  11. Daleesp

    World won't miss.

    January 19, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  12. Gil - California

    Mr Hunter, sorry things didn't work out for you, but on the Republican side you never really caught on. Good luck in the future.

    I suspect Thompson and Rudy will be following your lead shortly.

    January 19, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  13. Andy

    Best wishes to Rep. Hunter. I hope the remaining candidates take your message to heart and secure our borders.
    I'm curious to see who he chooses to endorse, and sincerely hope it's not Huckabee.

    January 19, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  14. Danny Boy, ID

    Hunter would've made an EXCELLENT president.
    Hope he endorses Romney, the next best choice, and by far the most electable conservative. Hackabee is a joke on everything but the 2A, McCain's a RINO through and through, Rudy a sack of corruption, and Fred's a fine actor and lobbyist, but not a leader or a problem solver. Ron Paul- I support the guy, but Hunter's supporters won't likely flock to Dr. No.

    January 19, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  15. Robert

    Hunter is a great man. He will be missed. Maybe he can take the White House in 2012 or 2016.

    There are only two true conservatives in the Republican party. Fred Thompson and Mitt Romney.

    Too bad that poser, McCain, won South Carolina. He and Huckabee fooled an entire state into thinking they were conservatives when they aren't.

    Go Mitt!!!!

    January 19, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  16. Rexus

    Good Riddance I say! Nah-nah-nah-nah, nah-nah-nah-nah, Hey-ey-ey, Good-bye!

    Took him a LONG time to realize that. Duncan Hunter is exactly like Tom Tancredo, except much less intelligent. (At least Tancredo knew when to call it quits. And he put pragmatism above principle and endorsed someone who might win the nomination.)

    Who is next? My money is on Giuliani. He should definitely drop out! It looks like a three-way race between Romney, McCain, and Huckabee. And Ron Paul is the "tortoise" of the race. But we will see how Mayor 9-11 does in Florida.

    January 19, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  17. David

    I certainly hope Duncan Hunter supports Ron Paul! Considering the media bias against Dr. Paul, he is doing extremely well, and has raised enough money and support for the long haul! Follow the money...Ron Paul is genuinely a fiscal conservative and constitutionalist!

    January 19, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  18. Dveronda, San Diego, ca.

    What a joke of a campaign. He should be in jail with Randy 'Duke' Cunningham.

    January 19, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  19. Robert, CA

    I like Duncan Hunter and I wish him well but I support John McCain for president. Fred Thompson needs to get out of the way and I will chortle with glee when Romney gets knocked out of the race.

    January 19, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  20. WizarDave

    Hunter is a good man with integrity.
    Your main issue was "the border."
    Other issues such as tax reform, education, gun rights and others match Ron Paul.
    You don't agree with Dr. Paul on everything/
    Since you have exited the race, he is the only GOP candidate left who has integrity.
    You should endorse Ron Paul.

    January 19, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  21. AJ, IL

    It's about time. Hopefully Fred Thompson is immediately next. Then after Florida, Giuliani and Paul will call it quits. Leaving Romney, McCain, and Huckabee.

    January 19, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  22. Marti, San Diego CA

    It's too bad Duncan Hunter wasn't able to get a bit more traction. He's ten times the conservative that Huckabee, McAmnesty , and Giuliani are. He's been an excellent Congressman for CA. He's smart. He's got great experience. Like others, I think he'd make an excellent Secretary of Defense. He could even be a VP consideration for Mitt Romney.

    January 20, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  23. glack

    Duncan Hunter was the only true conservative that reflected tradtional Republican values on EVERY issue. There was no questionining his authenticity like with all the other " Republican " candidates. You can't trust Romney, McCain, Guiliani . They have all shown their liberal stripes. Huckabee will NEVER get elected. That leaves only Ron Paul. Oh well. I will vote for Paul but my heart wishes it was Duncan Hunter. I guess it's our turn for an election fiasco.

    January 20, 2008 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  24. Dumb Dumb Dumb

    No No, I'm not dumb, its the comments on this page.

    People are jumping on who should jump out based on who they don't like!!!

    None of the top three on either side will drop out before march. Get a grip!!

    Thank GOD Hunter dropped out, maybe he could've done this 6 months ago and saved us the trouble of hearing him at the debates. What a waste of time.

    Most men in the army come from conservative families so they should've have to serve with gay men and women?? You're out of your mind. I'd love to see the stats on the "conservative families" it is VERY clear why no one voted for your hopeless campaign.

    You wanted to clean up washington and stop the spending?? Ya, lets spend it instead on a friggin wall between us and Mexico. Have you heard of this country called Cuba?? If people without any money, resources or an understand of the english language can cross a portion of the ocean, patrolled by the US Coast Guard, in a boat made of milk cartons, explain how a wall is going to stop Mexicans??? GREAT idea. Too bad you can't be president.

    January 20, 2008 02:56 am at 2:56 am |
  25. Andy

    I didn't know Duncan Hines was running for President! I love your carrot cake!!!

    January 20, 2008 04:09 am at 4:09 am |
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