Saturday, October 20, 2007

Brownback Bows Out After Peaking at 3 Percent

Conservative Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback dropped out of the Republican race for president Friday, citing lack of money and weak poll numbers.

The Associated Press report on Brownback's departure noted that the candidate peaked in June with a whopping 3 percent in the polls. New polls show Brownback at only 1 percent among Republican voters.

Brownback's pledge to "rebuild the family and renew the culture" never resonated with enough Republican voters to give Brownback's campaign much traction, the AP reported.

The AP specualted that Brownback's departure will help another GOP conservative, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Our take: Huckabee may get a boost, but he appears unlikely to offer a serious challenge either Romney, Giuliani, or the unimpressive Fred Thompson. In short, the GOP still needs a "Reaganesque" candidate to take on the Democrats next year.

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