January 19th, 2008
06:51 PM ET
10 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. jheitert

    "McCain should drop out. Huckabee & Thompson are getting over 40% of
    the vote in South Carolina, and this proves he can't carry the south."

    Try again John, McCain won South Carolina.

    Thompson will be the next to out, unless it's Ron Paul.

    January 20, 2008 05:27 am at 5:27 am |
  2. Rick Cain, Tulsa, OK

    Duncan Hunter fans, please now consider Ron Paul. His views dovetail nicely with your own and frankly, do you REALLY want to vote for Romney or McCain considering their less than ethical backgrounds and liberal policies?
    Guliani and Thompson.....come on be real. Both are as liberal as Hillary don't waste your vote!

    January 20, 2008 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  3. Tim, Minnesota

    McCain will drop out soon. Medical problems i'd presume. Look at him, if he were a family memeber I'd be considering some type of assissted living

    January 20, 2008 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  4. Reed

    It does not matter . The country is so sick of the Republicans any Democrat will beat the NY Crook, the world is flat freak from Ar, the flip flopper from Mass, Or the old man from Az. The party is over for the Repukes. So the loss of an angry nobody means nothing.

    January 20, 2008 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  5. Brenda

    I'm supporting Mitt Romney because I think he's the best choice for the Presidency, but I still think it's too bad Duncan Hunter wasn't able to get his name out there to the masses. He's a good man and a good conservative. I hope he'll throw his support behind Mitt Romney.

    January 20, 2008 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  6. Dustin Blankenship

    You absolutely never had a chance.

    January 20, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  7. Randy

    Duncan Hunter was a good man who was down to earth and I hope he endorses Mike Huckabee for President.

    January 20, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  8. Chris McMahon

    Go Ron Paul!!

    You've got the most money and most loyal supporters. They are slowly dropping out. They know NOTHING about the dollar. People will regret not listening to you, but they will seek you soon. No other candidate is a good economist. That is what we need!!!

    You were #1 in Nevada!! Just factor out the Mormons and you really won!!

    January 20, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  9. kerijay

    Duncan Hunter could've restored what America has lost including MORALS. We don't have one running with the integrity and morals he had. He Is by far the best man that's why the media dropped him.

    Keep on voting for all the candidates with the big money that are controlled by the Special Interest Groups and keep getting the same results.

    So sorry you puppets are waiting on the media to tell pull your strings. .Wake up Robots.

    January 20, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  10. Robb, New York

    Duncan Hunter was still running?

    January 20, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  11. james, newport, KY

    Maybe he can throw his one delegate to Ron Paul?

    See ya, Duncan Yo-yo!!

    January 20, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  12. Jeff S

    Well at least Fox News will have room in their "trailer" for all the candidates next time!

    January 20, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  13. EdwardLA

    I guess I'd be happier to hear Hillary, Obama, Huck and McCain all drop out

    It's always sad when a true patriot, and a man of the truth, like Tancredo or Hunter leaves, Hunter has proven records he BUILT THE WALL (a section). The ravages of illegal immigration in Mexifornia say it all about the need of a wall and tough anti laws. But Hunter had low percentages, so him leaving is no suprise

    But the thing that puzzles me more is why does Hunter leaving make some columns but RON PAUL second place in NV draws almost no attention to medias? Why do they silence sb who is SECOND? Why were they all over Obama and Clinton and Huck etc (top 5) in Iowa and NH but here someone gets second and he is barely shown (just by obligation in listings)?

    January 20, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  14. Jufus, Milwaukee, WI

    This incredibly stupid, war-mongering buffoon finally pulled out of a race he never had any chance in at all?

    Perhaps he does have at least (1) brain cell...

    January 20, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  15. jm4847

    The media didn't like him. The media chooses the candidates.

    January 20, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  16. Shon P. Connors, Warsaw, Ohio

    I am just wondering what is taking Dennis K. and Mike Gravel SOOO long to get out of this race. They are not posting any good results so, why don't they see the light and get out of the race.

    January 20, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  17. James, MS

    You can tell that Ron Paul has raised a lot of money by the fact that he must be paying people to get his name out. Please can we stop the Ron-bots, they are wasting space on the internet.

    January 20, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  18. me

    Duncan Hunter belongs in prison.

    January 20, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  19. the_right_reverend

    You are a honorable man Mr Hunter,

    January 20, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  20. bob24601


    You have no idea how much people love Ron Paul and his message. He is the only canidate that cares about the constitution and the only Republican who wants a smaller government. We love Ron Paul and the movement he stands for!!!

    January 20, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  21. TURNER

    Good riddance to a war-mongering, children's healthcare opponent, and waterboarding advocate candidate. I and 16 Iraq war veterans thank you and ask you to retire in disgrace before you do any more damage.

    January 20, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  22. East Side Love

    Was Duncan Hunter EVER really in the race??

    January 21, 2008 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  23. pete


    obama for president!!!

    January 21, 2008 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  24. Tom

    Dear Congressman Hunter:

    Please throw you support behind Ron Paul. He is the closest to your position than any of the rest. He needs every vote possible.


    January 21, 2008 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  25. SPQR753

    Another hopeful contender unaware that his stance was totally out of sync with the feelings of the American voter.

    January 21, 2008 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
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