Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore ended his long-shot campaign for the presidency on Saturday.
The 57-year-old Republican said in a written statement that his late start, near the end of April, and the front-loaded primary schedule "have made it impractical to continue to pursue this path towards further public service."
Gilmore is the first of the 10 Republican presidential candidates to drop out. He barely registered in the polls and his latest financial disclosure report showed him with about $90,000 in cash on hand. Gilmore also underwent emergency surgery for a detached retina last month, which forced him to cancel at least a week's worth of campaign appearances.
"I have come to believe that it takes more than a positive vision for our nation's future to successfully compete for the presidency," Gilmore said. "I believe that it takes years of preparation to put in place both the political and financial infrastructure to contest what now amounts to a one-day national primary in February."