One of the longest shots, Republican Pataki launches White House bid

Former New York governor and probable 2016 Republican presidential candidate George Pataki speaks at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Conference in NashuaBy Ted Siefer EXETER, N.H. (Reuters) – Former New York Governor George Pataki announced on Thursday he will run for the White House in 2016, becoming one of the longest shots in a growing pack of candidates for the Republican presidential nomination. The three-term governor has not held office since 2006 and barely registers in opinion polls on more than a dozen Republican presidential hopefuls. Pataki, 69, is a moderate voice in a Republican field heavy with conservatives likely to do well in such states as Iowa and South Carolina that hold the first nominating contests for the November 2016 election.

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