Dean Drops Out After Weak Showing in Wisconsin

NEW YORK After a third place finish in Wisconsin, former Vermont governor Howard Dean has dropped out of the presidential race but will remain on the Democratic ballot, his campaign said.

Dean’s grassroots movement was an unprecedented one in American politics, drawing small donations from an unusual base of Internet driven support. The campaign spent millions of dollars in television advertising on Dean’s failed bid for the nomination. Much of that money was raised online in small donations.

Dean pledged to continue the fight to change the country’s leadership. “The fight we began must continue,” Dean said in a statement. “Although my candidacy for president may end today, the most important goal remains defeating George W. Bush in November, and I hope that you will join me in doing everything we can to support the Democrats this fall.”