George Pataki announces end to 2016 presidential bid

George Pataki's moribund campaign reached its end Tuesday evening as the former New York governor announced he was dropping his 2016 presidential bid.

Former New York Governor George Pataki. (Via

WASHINGTON, December 29, 2015 — Numerous media sources are reporting Tuesday evening that former New York governor George Pataki has dropped out of the 2016 race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Consistently failing to break out of the single digits, Pataki’s campaign effort never caught fire with either the media or the public. As a result, he never made it to the upper tier of the ongoing series of televised Republican pre-primary debates.

Many had questioned why Pataki had chosen to enter the race. Red State pointed out one of Pataki’s more obvious liabilities in what’s likely to be a highly anti-establishment election year, noting that the former governor was the kind of “big government, socially liberal, technocrat that the Republican parties in the Middle Atlantic states and the Northeast churn our by the thousand.”

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Even after this evening’s news reporting the former governor’s withdrawal, it remains something of a mystery as to why Pataki mounted his listless, little noted 2016 campaign to begin with. Making matters worse, Pataki’s feeble fundraising efforts remained considerably below par throughout his brief, nearly invisible candidacy. According to NBC,

“In the latest fundraising quarter, Pataki only raised about $153,000, including a significant loan from the candidate himself.”

At least one conservative wag treated Pataki’s unsurprising withdrawal with more than a bit of irony. Noted Ace of Spades,

“The question on nobody’s mind is: Who gets the support of All of the Person who supported Pataki?”

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