Buddy Roemer (Jim Cole/AP)You won't have Buddy Roemer to kick around anymore ... that is, if you knew he was running for president in the first place.
The former Louisiana governor announced Thursday that he is suspending his campaign because "the lack of ballot access" for his third-party bid "makes the quest impossible for now." Roemer said in a statement that he intends to continue fighting for campaign reform and asked supporters to take up the cause.
"We must dare to look at a total reform package including contribution reform, reapportionment reform, and term-limit reform," Roemer said. "I cannot do this alone."
Roemer began this election cycle as a candidate for the GOP nomination, but decided to became an outside candidate in February after failing to qualify for or being shut out of all the Republican presidential debates and gaining virtually no traction in the primaries.
He was seeking the nomination of bipartisan third party group Americans Elect as well as the Reform Party. Americans Elect ended its operations May 17 after announcing that no candidate had captured the national support the group required to hold a national convention in June.
Roemer's exit leaves former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, the Libertarian party nominee, as the lone major outside candidate remaining in the 2012 presidential race.
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