- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 15, 2007

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Former Virginia Gov. James S. Gilmore III yesterday ended his long-shot campaign for the presidency.

The 57-year-old Republican said his late start, near the end of April, and the front-loaded primary schedule “have made it impractical to continue to pursue this path towards further public service.”

“I have come to believe that it takes more than a positive vision for our nation’s future to successfully compete for the presidency,” Mr. Gilmore said. “I believe that it takes years of preparation to put in place both the political and financial infrastructure to contest what now amounts to a one-day national primary in February.”

Elected governor of Virginia in 1997, Mr. Gilmore served the one term allowed by state law. Before that, he was Virginia’s attorney general.

President Bush appointed him chairman of the Republican National Committee, a job Mr. Gilmore held for about a year. He left the job after Democrats won the governors’ races in Virginia and New Jersey.

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