Wow! I didn't see this coming. But I suppose he would have lost the nomination anyway. He was a good guy, and wasn't scary looking like John Kerry.
You didn't? Or are you being sarcastic?
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SOURCE : SKY NEWS
The contest to win the Democratic presidential nomination has effectively become a two-horse race.
Former Vermont governor Howard Dean has ended his campaign after coming a disappointing third place in Tuesday's Wisconsin primary.
A statement on his official website read: "Today my candidacy may come to an end - but our campaign for change is not over.
"There is much work still to be done. This party and this country needs change, and you have already begun that process."
Mr Dean's withdrawl leaves Massachusetts senator John Kerry, North Carolina senator John Edwards, Ohio senator Dennis Kucinich and New York preacher Al Sharpton as potential challengers to President Bush.
Vietnam veteran Mr Kerry is the runaway frontrunner having won nominations from 14 of the 16 states to have voted so far.
But Mr Edwards, who won South Carolina's nomination, came a close second in Wisconsin and there is a chance he may win Mr Dean's endorsement.
Mr Kucinich and Mr Sharpton are lagging far behind and are unlikely to mount a serious challenge.
Democrat sources said Mr Dean would battle to keep the issues on which he campaigned alive despite withdrawing his candidacy.
He has yet to decide whether to back Mr Edward's campaign, but the chances are "slim", they added.
The next big date in the primaries is March 2, or so-called "Super Tuesday" when 10 states choose their preferred candidate.
Should the votes go heavily in Mr Kerry's favour, political pundits predict Mr Edwards may concede and become his campaign running mate ahead of November's presidential election.
Mr Dean had been the favourite to win the Democratic nomination before the primaries and caucuses began, securing £20m to support his campaign.
However, despite making a name for his passionate speeches, he won none of the 16 state nominations.
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If he throws his weight behind Edwards then it might make things interesting for the big day next week when the important states of California and New York and 8 other states go to the polls [a lot of delegates there] but i was just listening to his withdrawal speech and nothing obvious so far.