John Edwards ends White House bid

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 30, 2008 16:20 hrs

Washington: Democrat presidential hopeful John Edwards is bowing out of the race for White House after his dismal performance in most of the primaries dominated by front-runners Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

The ex-Senator and former vice presidential candidate will announce the end of his campaign for the November presidential polls at an event in New Orleans today.

At this point of time, the 54-year-old does not intend to throw his weight either behind Hillary or Obama, US media reports quoted his advisors as saying.

With the campaigns of Clinton and Obama going full steam ahead of the 'Super Duper Tuesday' of February 5 where nearly two dozen states are in play to spell their choice for the Democrat presidential candidate, Edwards had to take a close look as to where his White House bid is heading.

In the first-voting state of Iowa, Edwards came second to Obama and secured third position in rest of the early nominating contests, including the South Carolina primary last week, a big blow in a state where he was born and had won in 2004 during his vice-presidential bid.

The former North Carolina Senator campaigned as a champion of the middle class. His political critics have been attacking him over his construction of a palatial house and his work for a hedge fund that advises only the super-rich.

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