Virginia’s Jim Gilmore ends bid for White House

Following New Jersey’s Chris Christie’s and California businesswoman Carly Fiorina’s departure from the race for the GOP nomination, former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore ended his campaign on Friday.

Gilmore announced the end of his campaign on Facebook.

A consistent backbencher in the second-tier debates with little national recognition or organization, Gilmore barely registered in national polls and recorded only 133 votes in the New Hampshire primary.

Federal Election Commission records reveal Gilmore’s Gilmore for America raised $214,440 and Growth PAC, a pro-Gilmore super PAC raised $305,172 in seven months of existence.

A former military intelligence officer in the United States Army, Gilmore served in Germany during the Vietnam War and entered law school after his honorable discharge in 1974.  Gilmore held local office as a prosecutor in Virginia and was elected Attorney General for the state of Virginia in 1993.

Gilmore ran for governor in 1997, besting Democratic challenger, Don Beyer, and was successful in lowering taxes and college tuition during his tenure.  Similarly during his term, Gilmore increased funding adoption services, banned human cloning and partial-birth abortions and signed into law a bill which required a 24-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion.

Prohibited from serving consecutive terms, Gilmore was appointed Chairperson of the Republican National Committee in 2001.

A conservative, Gilmore championed gun rights, the death penalty, lower taxes and strengthening the military to fight terrorism.

Upon his exit from the race, Gilmore declined to offer an endorsement for remaining GOP candidates; however, he did state he would support the eventual GOP nominee and warned of the dangers of electing Hillary Clinton or Vermont socialist Bernie Sanders.

[The Independent] [] [] [Photo courtesy]