Bob Graham just announced his withdrawal from the race on Larry King. has a banner headline confirming this and promises details to come. Granting that he had slightly less chance to win than Al Sharpton, Graham is the first significant candidate to withdraw.

Update (2214): Here’s the story:

“I’m leaving because I cannot be elected president of the United States,” Graham said on CNN’s “Larry King Live.”

He cited fund-raising difficulties and his late start in getting into the race because of his duties in Senate and the war in Iraq.

One has to admire his forthrightness, at least. Nothing about “spending more time with my family” or anything.

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  1. JohnC says:


  2. Paul says:

    How many dwarfs are we down to?

    I thought i heard another one dropped recently but maybe I am counting Graham twice.

  3. Eric Akawie says:

    I’d be very interested to see his diary entry for the announcement.