Pataki telling backers he’s planning to drop White House bid

George Pataki

BERLIN, N.H. (AP) — Former New York Gov. George Pataki is telling supporters he’s ready to drop his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

He’s also alerting supporters and reporters to tune into a “special announcement” on television Tuesday night.

A centrist Republican who led New York through the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Pataki has failed to gain traction in a crowded field of candidates.

Pataki announced his bid by video in May. He has acknowledged being the longshot against better-known — and more bombastic — competitors.

Pataki had hung his hopes on doing well in early-voting New Hampshire but has barely registered in state or national polls.

The former governor also never made it onto a main debate stage and has had trouble raising funds.

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