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

Hunter exits presidential race

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/01/19/art.hunter.gi.jpg caption=" 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

Filed under: Duncan Hunter
soundoff (86 Responses)
  1. Milton, Harrisburg, PA

    Well, he got one more delegate than I got. Then again, I haven't been spending a year campaigning nor am I running for President. Nonetheless, it was a close race between me and Duncan. Now if I get one more delegate, I'll be tied with Giuliani!

    January 21, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  2. Howard, NY

    I also dropped out of the race today. Hunter only got one more delegate than I did, and I didn't even have to spend any money!

    January 21, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  3. Joey

    I didnt know much about hunter, but I am sure he was an ok guy. Ron Paul will be the next to go. Probobly because his followers are anti mormon. Anyone hoping to see Romney drop out of the race is going to be sorely disappointed. The man is either going to be president or vice president. And come on this is a vote, people are voting for who they like. Thus if someone dropped out they must not have been the best choice for enough people. I guarantee if no one knew Romney was a mormon he would be carrying more than half of this country. If Ron paul is not a bigot maybe he could be VP.

    January 21, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  4. Benny


    January 21, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  5. Lucy Wilson

    Mike Huckabee wants to amend the Constitution to prevent children born in the U.S. to illegal aliens from automatically becoming American citizens, according to his top immigration surrogate , James Gilchrist,— a radical step no other major presidential candidate has embraced.

    He would force a test case to the Supreme Court to challenge birthright citizenship, and would push Congress to pass a 28th Amendment to the Constitution to remove any doubt.

    He thinks the case against U.S. Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean was railroaded. "I would make it my first act as president to pardon agents Ramos and Compean."

    The Washington Times, January 8, 2008

    January 21, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  6. Ken, Suitland MD

    For all you Hunter supporters: where was your candidate when all these illegals were coming in the country with the blessings of big business to fulfill their desire for cheap labor? He, the Chambers of Commerce (a repub. front for the most part), and most of you, turned a blind eye while the case was made that it benefited business. Now that YOU helped lure them here, you send out your attack-dogs like Hunter to stoke racist fears in the ignorant wingnut populace for political gain. Good riddance to another wingnut goon!

    As someone else on this thread indicated, you R. Paul supporters are wasting space, in more ways than one. Paul is a defender of the constitution all right, especially the part where blacks count as ~40% of a person. We're also likely to find that Paul and the other so-called constitutionalists (like Scalia) look down on airplanes, automobiles, satellites, etc. because they are nowhere mentioned in the constitution. The Paul approach to law approaches the moronic. My only surprise is that such an approach doesn't get more traction in the wingnut electorate.....just goes to show how loony-toons the other repub-bot candidates must be to attract such a voting block away from Paul!

    January 21, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. Ben

    If you are a hard core conservative and want to see a change in this nation, i suggest checking out Ron Paul. He placed Second in Nevada and is in it for the long haul. He is being marginalized by the mainstream, but has the money to keep pushing. ronpaul2008.com Check out his record. Youtube :Ron Paul Hope for America

    January 21, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  8. E. Elliott, Orlando, FL

    Hunter was one of only three Republicans I could have voted for. Now there is only Ron Paul left. And where are all these remaining guys hiding on MLK day? I have heard nothing on participation at any of the many commerations by any Republican candidate. Anyone have a story about this? Am I right on that?
    It seems that the inherent racism of the right wing is on display.

    January 21, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. Kenneth

    WOW!!....CNN (Clinton News Network) actually put Duncan's name and picture up on it's web site. Amazing what kind of coverage you can get AFTER you have dropped out. America lost this weekend. May God have mercy on your souls. Funny what money will do for you and your campaign. Funny what owning a part of Baine Communications will do for you as well.

    January 21, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  10. Bad Cop

    Send Duncan a donut!

    January 21, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. Darla

    I still think Hillary Clinton has the most experience to run this country and bring us back strong. Obama does not. Maybe in 8 years he might. If everyone listened to Hillary and what she can and will do for the people how can you not vote for Hillary Clinton. Just think about it. I just do not get what the people are thinking. Go Hillary!!!!!!!!

    January 29, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
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