Report: George Pataki to end presidential candidacy

Former New York Governor George Pataki delivers his opening statement during a forum for lower polling candidates held prior to the Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas, Dec. 15, 2015.

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George Pataki is ending his presidential campaign, the Associated Press reports. He has told some supporters and is also alerting others to tune into a "special announcement" on television Tuesday night, on some NBC affiliates.

He tweeted:

The three-term former New York governor announced his candidacy in May but had trouble finding his footing in the race. A centrist Republican who led New York through the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Pataki failed to stand out in the crowded field of candidates.

Pataki had hoped to perform well in early-voting New Hampshire but has barely registered in state or national polls. The most recent CBS News polls showed Pataki with 0 percent support in both Iowa and New Hampshire.

In all five GOP debates so far, Pataki has competed on the lower-tier stage. His fundraising has also lagged that of other candidates. To date, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, his campaign has raised about $400,000, and a super PAC supporting him, a little over twice that.

Pataki's departure leaves 12 candidates in the Republican race for the nomination: Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Jim Gilmore, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum, and Donald Trump.