Republican Pataki drops 2016 presidential bid

Republican U.S. presidential candidate former New York Governor George Pataki delivers his opening statement during a forum for lower polling candidates held prior to the Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas(Reuters) – Former New York Governor George Pataki on Tuesday ended his long-shot bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. “While tonight is the end of my journey for the White House as I suspend my campaign for president, I’m confident we can elect the right person, someone who will bring us together,” said Pataki, who ranked at the bottom of the Republican pack in a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll. Pataki, 70, made the announcement in a prime-time TV ad that aired in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, which hold the first three contests in the battle for the party’s nomination.

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