Six cash-strapped Republican White House hopefuls face tipping point

An attendee wears a GOP elephant necklaceBy Michelle Conlin and Grant Smith NEW YORK (Reuters) – Half a dozen Republican presidential candidates are edging toward financial crisis, raising the specter that some may be forced to drop out of the sprawling field of contenders. The six are: Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, former New York Governor George Pataki, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. “They are living on the edge,” said Lawrence Noble, former general counsel to the Federal Election Commission.”We are getting close to the time when a lot of these candidates are going to say, ‘We can’t do it, it can’t be done,'” said Noble, now a senior attorney with the Campaign Legal Center, a campaign finance non-profit.

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