Not that this wasn't expected. Fred Thompson, the character actor and former senator from Tennessee, officially climbs out of his lounge chair and ends his almost virtual run for the Republican presidential nomination.
Thompson entered the race in September, long after his Republican rivals had announced their candidacies and began raising money. His campaigning style was criticized as lackluster, and he was never able to capitalize on the anticipation supporters had built before he announced that he was getting into the race.
Thompson entered the campaign, hoping to become the "full package" conservative for those who were disappointed in the Republican candidate field, and, hoping his television and movie resume would excite voters. It never did, and, curiously, the candidate slammed right-wing Fox News for being slanted against his campaign. The former senator "staked his hopes on South Carolina, where a strong showing could have reinvigorated his flagging campaign." Instead, he polled a disappointing third-place finish.
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