Frankly, I’m a bit shocked. I thought for sure he’d stick around to try and be kingmaker, but stranger things have happened and since John didn’t come in 2nd in South Carolina, one can only imagine how demoralized his campaign has become.

From AP:

DENVER (AP) – Democrat John Edwards is exiting the presidential race Wednesday, ending a scrappy underdog bid in which he steered his rivals toward progressive ideals while grappling with family hardship that roused voters’ sympathies but never diverted his campaign, The Associated Press has learned.

The two-time White House candidate notified a close circle of senior advisers that he planned to make the announcement at a 1 p.m. EST event in New Orleans that had been billed as a speech on poverty, according to two of his advisers. The decision came after Edwards lost the four states to hold nominating contests so far to rivals who stole the spotlight from the beginning—Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama.

The former North Carolina senator will not immediately endorse either candidate in what is now a two-person race for the Democratic nomination, said one adviser, who spoke on a condition of anonymity in advance of the announcement.

Who this will benefit is anybody’s guess. If the Edwards campaign really draws in folks who want change, then his supporters could really swing towards Obama. If not, I think the candidates are most likely to split his vote.

Note…Edwards had 58 delegates.

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