미국 공화당의 대선 경선후보였던 미트 롬니 전 매사추세츠 주지사가 7일, 선거유세 활동을 중단한다고 발표했습니다.
그동안 롬니는 존 매케인 상원의원과 함께 경합을 벌여왔으나, 21개 주가 동시에 공화당 경선을 실시한 지난 5일 ‘수퍼 화요일’ 일대 격전 결과 큰 차이로 패배함에 따라 후보 지명 가능성이 낮은 것으로 분석돼 왔습니다.
롬니후보가 경선을 포기함에 따라, 공화당 후보 지명전은 이제 매케인의원과 마이크 허커비 전 아칸소 주지사간의 격돌구도로 압축됩니다.
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has dropped his bid for the Republican nomination to the U.S. presidency.
Romney made the announcement in Washington today (Thursday), two days after winning some states in Super Tuesday voting, but not enough to gain on rival John McCain.
He said if he continues to compete with McCain, he would forestall the launch of a national campaign, making it easier for Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama to win.
He said the two Democrats have made it clear they want to pull out of Iraq, so he cannot allow his campaign to be, as he put it, aiding the surrender to terror.
McCain claimed frontrunner status for the Republican nomination after Super Tuesday voting, when more than 20 states held nominating contests. He now has more than half of the delegate votes needed to win his party's nomination for president.
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee remains in the Republican race, along with House of Representatives lawmaker Ron Paul, who trails far behind.