from bbc: Former US Senator Fred Thompson has withdrawn from the Republican presidential race, after a string of poor finishes in early voting rounds.
“I have withdrawn my candidacy… I hope that my country and my party have benefited from our having made this effort,” he said in a short statement.
It follows his third place result in Saturday’s South Carolina primary – a state he had said he needed to win.
Mr Thompson did not say whether he would endorse any of his former rivals.
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