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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Wilson Quits Race

SACRAMENTO, California ) -- Barely a month after formally launching his campaign for the Republican nomination for president, California Governor Pete Wilson is out of the race, his campaign $1 million in debt and trailing even in his home state.


"I hope I haven't let you down," Wilson told about 150 supporters gathered Friday at a restaurant a block from his campaign headquarters. "I blame no one but myself. We entered late; too many donors were committed."


While the 62-year-old governor was the first declared 1996 hopeful to bow out of the race, he hinted in his withdrawal speech that he might be a candidate again in the future.


"We're not going to be privileged to serve as president -- at least not this time around," Wilson said.