Senator Edmund Muskie, once the front runner for the Democratic Presidential nomination, announced in Washington last week (April 27) that he was withdrawing from the remaining 17 primary elections.
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MUSCKIE: "Four months ago I announced my candidacy for the Presidency. I committed myself to run in the first eight Presidential primaries, and in as many more as I could within the limits of my time, energy and available financial resources. That strategy has produced two primary victories and over 135 delegates -- the second best record of any of the candidates to date. However, it was mistaken. No other candidate made a similar commitment. It required that I make a major effort and a major expenditure of resources in every primary with a maximum impact in none. Nowhere were the consequences of such a strategy more clearly demonstrated than in Wisconsin, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania -- diminishing and diminishing resources. I have made the decision, therefore, to withdraw from active participation in the remaining Presidential primaries. I do so with regret, but I have no choice. I do not have the money to continue. I realise that this decision reduces my prospects in the campaign, Nevertheless, at the urging of friends and supporters around the country, I do not withdraw my candidacy."
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Background: Senator Edmund Muskie, once the front runner for the Democratic Presidential nomination, announced in Washington last week (April 27) that he was withdrawing from the remaining 17 primary elections. However, the Senator from Maine said he was not withdrawing his candidacy completely.
Senator Muskie made the announcement following his defeat on Tuesday in the Massachusetts and Pennsylvania primaries. He told reporters he no longer had enough funds to continue his campaign. His finances had been deteriorating badly since the primary elections began in New Hampshire on March 7.
Despite his withdrawal from the primaries, Mr. Muskie said he will remain in the Presidential race. His supporters think he still has a chance of winning the Democratic nomination as a compromise candidate in the event of a deadlock at the convention next July in Miami, Florida.
Senator Muskie's decision to withdraw now leaves Senators George McGovern and Hubert Humphrey as the two leading contenders in the Democratic contest.