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Breaking news: Dennis Kucinich dropping out of Dem race

January 24, 2008 |  3:35 pm

Kucinich1_jsc4junc U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, whose campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination never gained much traction, is calling it quits. Kucinich built his campaign around a pro-labor, anti-Iraq war agenda, and struggled both to raise money and draw support -- a theme that led to complaints about being ignored.

Kucinich barely figured in the Iowa caucuses and drew just 1% support in the New Hampshire primary. He earlier announced that he planned to simultaneously run for reelection to his congressional seat covering Cleveland and some of its northeast Ohio suburbs -- where he faces some hometown challenges.

Kucinich didn't get much support in Nevada, either -- especially from MSNBC, which disinvited him from a pre-caucus debate there, sparking a failed legal challenge. He couldn't even get into the races there.

His two biggest effects on the campaign, though, had little to do with policy positions. One was the drawing in of illegal aliens of the third kind. The other was his inventive questioning of a Democratic presidential candidate during the December Brown & Black Presidential Forum in Iowa.

-- Scott Martelle

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