“This is no longer about past preferences or differences. It is about what is best for our country and for me that means that Republican should close ranks behind John McCain,” Thompson said in a statement reported by the Associated Press.
http://race42008.com/2008/02/09/fred-thompson-officially-endorses-mccain/ 2-9-2008 Kavon W. Nikrad
“Today I have withdrawn my candidacy for president of the United States. I hope that my country and my party have benefited from our having made this effort. Jeri and I will always be grateful for the encouragement and friendship of so many wonderful people.”
http://race42008.com/2008/01/22/thompsons-statement/ Matt C 1-22-2008
A simple majority of 1230 delegates is needed to secure the nomination from a total of 2458. The count so far is:
Romney – 3 states, 66 pledged delegates
McCain – 2 states, 38 pledged
Huckabee – 1 state, 26 pledged
Thompson – 0 states, 8 pledged
Ron Paul – 0 states, 6 pledged
Giuliani – 0 states, 1 pledged
Huckabee – Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas
Giuliani – Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Maryland, Virginia, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania
Thompson – Tennessee
McCain – Rhode Island
Romney – Idaho, Utah
Huckabee has big leads in South Carolina (January 19 for Republicans) polls. This is Thompson’s last chance to get any momentum. The McCain surge should show itself here, as well, pulling him even with or possibly ahead of Huckabee. McCain has an excellent South Carolina organization, headed by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and incorporating elements of the Bush 2000 campaign.
Both parties hold Michigan primaries Tuesday, January 15, but only the Republican contest will matter. The early primary violates the rules of both parties, meaning Michigan loses half of its Republican delegates to the national convention, and all of its Democratic delegates. Michigan will be a fierce battle playing a key role in the nomination battle. McCain in particular has been campaigning heavily here. McCain won here in 2000 on the strength of Democrats and independents, and the Democratic boycott means he’ll have the same advantage this year.
Michigan is Romney’s home state, and his father was governor here, but, especially after his two losses, he is not favored. Pre-Iowa polls showed him basically even with Huckabee, and McCain in third. Expect a McCain victory with Huckabee and Romney battling for second.
Evans-Novak Political Report 1-9-2008 Bob Novak
Tom Clancy supports Duncan Hunter for President. John McCain has received contibutions from Henry Kissenger, Dick Van Patton and Robert Zoellick (President of the World Bank). Fred Thompson is supported by John Ruh (entertainer/songwriter) Both McCain and Romney have received financial support from Robert Kraft, New England Patriots owner. Giuliani is supported by John Elway, Roger Penske, Steve Forbes, Melissa Gilbert, Kelsey Grammer, Adam Sandler and Ben Stein ( Ben Stein also supports Al Franken for Senate in Minnesota)