DES MOINES, Iowa — Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson is abandoning his presidential bid, his campaign announced Sunday night.
Thompson, who also served in the Bush Cabinet, did not meet the expectations he set for himself in the Ames Republican straw poll held Saturday.
“I want to thank the people of Iowa who were welcoming and supportive as well as my volunteers and contributors from around the country,” Thompson said in a written statement.
Thompson, former secretary of Health and Human Services, had hoped to place second in the poll. Instead, he finished sixth.
Speaking to reporters Sunday, he smiled and said he simply needed to accept that he “lost.”
Umm, Tommy, I think you need to revise that to accepting that you never had a chance in hell.