Mark Sanford drops out of presidential race

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Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has withdrawn his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination.

Sanford, 59, who entered the Republican presidential primary race in September, found little support for his run from his home state, where the South Carolina Republican Party canceled its primary.

“Presidential races focus our attention to politics and have historically been the stage on which we debate where we go next as a country. If we don’t do it this year, we put that national debate off until the next presidential election cycle. I don’t believe we have five more years before inaction guarantees a day of financial reckoning,” he said in announcing his run.

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