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Edwards opts out of US presidential candidate race

Edwards opts out of US presidential candidate race
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Democrat John Edwards has abandoned his bid to become candidate for the US presidency. The former North Carolina Senator did not manage to match the popularity of his two rivals, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. After coming in a distant third in Tuesday’s Florida primary, Edwards took the decision to pull out.

It was his second bid for the Democratic presidential candidacy. After running and losing to John Kerry in 2004, Edwards was chosen as a running mate by Kerry.

His decision to pull out leaves New York Senator and former first lady Hillary Clinton pitted against Illinois Senator Barack Obama. Neither emerges in the lead. After winning in Florida’s primary, Clinton has resumed campaigning ahead of next week’s crucial Super Tuesday when around half the nation’s states will vote in the presidential primaries.

Barack Obama, strengthened by the recent backing of JFK’s brother, Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy, is also staying focussed on the ballots ahead. On the issue that has become the focal point of the campaign – the economy – Obama has told voters they could trust him over Clinton, who says she is best qualified to steer the country out of its woes.

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