Rudy Giuliani put all of his money on
The former New York City mayor’s presidential aspirations suffered a mortal wound with his disappointing finish in Florida’s GOP primary contest Tuesday, and Giuliani is widely reported to be on the verge of dropping out of the race and endorsing Tuesday night’s winner, Arizona Sen. John McCain.
With their votes, Florida Republicans likely ended Giuliani’s hopes for the nomination, severely damaged former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee’s chances and left McCain in a fierce battle for the nomination with former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, who finished a solid second in the Florida contest.
With 90% of the precincts counted, McCain led Romney 36% to 31%. Giuliani was in third place at 15%, just ahead of Huckabee at 14%.
For now, Giuliani remains in the race. But in addressing his supporters in
“The responsibility of leadership doesn’t end with a single campaign. If you believe in a cause you continue to fight for it, and we will,” Giuliani told the cheering crowd.
Huckabee, like Giuliani, did not pull out of the race Tuesday despite being bereft of cash and without a victory since the
“We’re in this game for all nine innings,” Huckabee told a subdued crowd of
However, several news outlets reported late Tuesday night that Giuliani is expected to drop out of the race and endorse McCain Wednesday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in
If Giuliani does pull out of the race, it will mark the end of a once high-flying campaign that crumbled in the space of one month.
The former mayor led the national polls for virtually all of last year. As late as Dec. 17, Giuliani was atop a
But, as Giuliani turned in one poor performance after another in the primaries and caucuses earlier in the month – all single-digit finishes – his
Giuliani eschewed campaigning in the early-voting states and spent nearly all of January in
The Democratic candidates all pledged not to campaign in the state.
While we'll probably be on to tomorrow's endorsement and debate by the next time I get behind the keyboard, I will also try to find time to focus more on the results and exit polls from tonight.
With one job, one graduate school class, two blogs a wife and three kids, time may be a difficult commodity to come by, but I'll do my best.