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Breaking News

Sen. Orrin Hatch Quitting Republican Presidential Race

Aired January 25, 2000 - 10:16 a.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LEON HARRIS, CNN ANCHOR: Now let's look ahead to the next stop on the campaign trail: New Hampshire. My colleague Carol Lin is in Manchester this morning. She joins us now with a look at the run-up to next week's primaries in New Hampshire -- Carol.

CAROL LIN, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning, again, Leon.

Well, Leon, if there's any question about whether the Iowa caucuses or the New Hampshire primaries can be king-makers or break a campaign altogether, we have some breaking news for you this morning.

The Iowa caucus has claimed its first victim, CNN's John King is confirming that Senator Orrin Hatch is dropping out of the race. He is expected to make that announcement official sometime tomorrow.

Hatch, as you might recall, finished last in Iowa, gaining only one percent of vote. In the past few minutes, we learned that the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee chairman simply could not muster up the votes or the campaign funding to continue. Even after 24 years in Congress and a promise to reform the IRS, cut taxes, and beef up the defense budget, his message simply did not catch fire. And he always did say that if he came in last in Iowa that he would reconsider his plans as to whether he will be able to go on.

So, once again, Senator Orrin Hatch expected to announce officially tomorrow that he is dropping his run for the White House.

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