Mitt Romney has withdrawn from the race for his party’s nomination for the Presidency:
(CNN) — Mitt Romney suspended his bid for the Republican presidential nomination Thursday, saying if he continued it would “forestall the launch of a national campaign and be making it easier for Sen. Clinton or Obama to win.”
“In this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror. This is not an easy decision. I hate to lose,” the former Massachusetts governor said.
“If this were only about me, I’d go on. But it’s never been only about me. I entered this race because I love America, and because I love America, in this time of war I feel I have to now stand aside for our party and for our country.”
Romney made the announcement Thursday afternoon at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.
With Romney out, Sen. John McCain is locked in as the front-runner in the GOP race.
Gov. Romney is expected to formally endorse John McCain.
Technically, Romney has suspended his campaign. In the Republican Party that means that he’s out and the state parties will allocate the delegates pledged to him via the primary or caucus process. Presumably, that will mean that most will be allocated to John McCain who becomes all but uncatchable by the second-to-last man standing, Mike Huckabee.