Former New York Governor George Pataki has told his supporters that he intends to bow out of the presidential race.
Ben Gamache, a member of Pataki’s New Hampshire steering committee, said that he was told by Pataki in a call that the former three-term New York governor plans to suspend his campaign but did not reveal when he will be breaking the news to the public. “He thanked me for my friendship, my support, he said we’re gonna work together as a Republican Party and we’re gonna get the best man in office and he doesn’t want to stand in the way of that,” Gamache said.
As per RealClearPolitics, Pataki has averaged 0 percent in polling.
Dave Currier, another member of Pataki’s steering committee, said Pataki’s campaign “didn’t have the resources here to really pull it together.”
Pataki was one of the contenders to take shots at frontrunner Donald Trump. NPR reports that he tweeted that Trump was “unfit to be the president of the United States or the Republican nominee,” adding that the billionaire business mogul was “serially bankrupt.” Trump, in response, said that Pataki “did a terrible job as Governor of N.Y., and registers ZERO in the polls.”
While he participated in several network undercard debates, he failed to qualify for the prime-time stage because of lack of support, as reported by NBC News. He couldn’t make the primary ballot in states like Florida, Ohio and Texas.
With his departure, Pataki becomes the fifth Republican to end the race – behind former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham. Twelve GOP contenders remain in the race at the heels of the Iowa caucuses on February 1, 2016.