WASHINGTON - Appeals court judicial nominee Goodwin Liu says that although several Western states have a "desperate need for judges," he's dropping the fight.
Liu tells President Barack Obama he is withdrawing his nomination after Senate Republicans blocked a vote on his confirmation last week.
Liu is a liberal, 40-year-old Berkeley law professor who Obama nominated to the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last year.
In a letter to Obama Wednesday, Liu said there is little prospect of a Senate vote on his nomination. He said the 9th Circuit, including California and several other Western states, has a "desperate need for judges." The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter.
His nomination cheered liberal interest groups, but aroused strong opposition from Republicans who objected to his record and opposition to Republican Supreme Court nominees.