John Edwards is quitting the race for the Democratic nomination. The AP reports that he will not be endorsing either of the two remaining candidates – at least not right away.
DENVER – Democrat John Edwards is exiting the presidential race Wednesday, ending a scrappy underdog bid in which he steered his rivals toward progressive ideals while grappling with family hardship that roused voters' sympathies but never diverted his campaign, The Associated Press has learned.
The two-time White House candidate notified a close circle of senior advisers that he planned to make the announcement at a 1 p.m. EST event in New Orleans that had been billed as a speech on poverty, according to two of his advisers. The decision came after Edwards lost the four states to hold nominating contests so far to rivals who stole the spotlight from the beginning — Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama.
The former North Carolina senator will not immediately endorse either candidate in what is now a two-person race for the Democratic nomination, said one adviser, who spoke on a condition of anonymity in advance of the announcement.
I would expect that this could be trouble for Hillary Clinton. That's making the assumption that Edwards voters won't flock to the "establishment" candidate. Interesting that he is not endorsing anyone right away. One assumes he is angling for some position in government – so whoever offers him the best deal would presumably get his nod. But his supporters might not be willing to go over to Hillary Clinton. This could be interesting.