John Edwards Quitting Race Today

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Democrats, Edwards

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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3 Responses to “John Edwards Quitting Race Today”

  1. Jimmy the Dhimmi Says:

    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.

    That’s a heck of a lot of unbiased, un-opinionated, objective information learned by the Associated Press.

  2. Agnostick Says:

    Okay, a couple of questions about all this…

    1) Justin, what counting method do you use to come up with 58 delegates for Edwards? Not being snide, but when you look at…

    CNN… http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/primaries/results/scorecard/#D

    Fox… http://youdecide08.foxnews.com/2008/01/29/national-delegate-count-tally/

    MSNBC… http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21660914

    the numbers are, literally and figuratively, all over the map.

    2) What happens to these delegates once Edwards bows out? Are these delegates then obligated to vote for whoever he endorses? Do they become “undedicated?” Are they obligated to vote for the primary winner in their respective state?

    Thanks!

    –”Ag”

  3. mw Says:

    An interesting artifact of the Democratic Party process, is that no delegates are required to vote for the candidate selected in their State primary or caucus. None. The delegates are expected to vote for the candidates they represent at the convention, but are not required to vote for those candidates.Certainly they probably will vote for the candidate they represent, since the candidate’s organization select the delegates apportioned to them and only pick loyalists. But the fact is, the delegates are all free agents at the convention and are free to vote their conscience or sell their vote to the highest bidder as they see fit.

    So Edwards theoretically has 26 regular delegates 27 Super delegates pledged to him for a total of 53. They are all free agents now. I am sure the back room wheeling and dealing with these delegates is intense. In that kind of a up close and personal knife fight, I give the edge to the Clinton organization. They are just better at this sort of thing.

    But, there is no need to limit this discussion to Edward’s 53 delegates. None of the delegates are bound. Not Clintons. Not Obamas. More on the rule and delegate count here.

    If this actually goes to the convention undecided, it will be a free-for-all. And in that setting, again I’d suggest – advantage Clinton.

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