Former New York Gov. George Pataki suspended his bid for the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday, after a campaign that appeared doomed almost from the start by both his long stretch out of the national spotlight and the mismatch between his moderate politics and a party turning harder to the right.
"I can confirm the Governor is out," said New Hampshire State Sen. John Reagan, one of Pataki's highest-profile endorsers. "I still believe he is the best man for the job."
Pataki, 70, had once been an impressive figure in Republican politics: He'd upset a Democratic legend, then-New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, in 1994, and won reelection twice in a famously liberal state. Pataki had flirted with a presidential run three times before, in 2000, 2008, and 2012. But each time, he withdrew.
Then this year, he actually ran. "I'm ready. I know that the need to change Washington is as big as been in my lifetime. I know the need to have a vision for the future of this country is absolutely essential. I have that vision. My life has prepared me for this moment," he told the Washington Post and NH1 when he announced his candidacy May 28.