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January 22, 2008

Thompson Out
It's Official: Thompson's Statement Announcing Withdrawal Sent To MSM, Bloggers

So says Marc Ambinder.

I wanted to get this up in a hurry, so I haven't had time to confirm this -- but Ambinder was the one who reported, possibly erroneously, that "sources" close to Thompson had him dropping out earlier, didn't he?

Be that as it may, Carl Cameron is also reporting this, and he says Thompson has personally already informed his campaign HQ of the decision.

The announcement, Cameron says, will either come tonight or tomorrow.

Over the Wires (No Link Yet): Thompson told his Nashville staff he was "closin' up shop and heading back home to Virginia."

Official Announcement: DrewM. writes that FNC just reported he issued a statement making it official.

Here it is: Today's offical Quote of the Day:

"Today I have withdrawn my candidacy for President of the US. I hope 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." -- Fred Dalton Thompson, statement issued to media

FWIW, Thompson's online guys just emailed me the statement as well.






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