In the space of less than 24 hours, three major races have been impacted by candidates deciding to quit.
In Afghanistan, challenger Abdullah Abdullah has reportedly decided not to participate in the run-off election with Hamid Karzai for president. This makes the U.S. attempt to pretend Karzai is a legitimate, democratic leader somewhat more difficult.
In the California governor‘s race, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsome has withdrawn, making it likely that undeclared candidate — and former Boy Governor — Jerry Brown will get the nomination and be the favorite for the general election.
Now, in New York”s 23rd Congressional District (vacant since moderate Republican John McHugh resigned in September to become Secretary of the Army) Republican nominee Dede Scozzafava has dropped out (technically, suspended her campaign) to give Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman (already endorsed by
Newt Gingrich and other several prominent Republicans) a legitimate shot to beat Democrat Bill owens.