And there were two:
Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who sought to position himself as the true conservative choice for the Republican presidential nomination, announced Thursday afternoon that he had ended his campaign. [Romney Drops Out of Presidential Race. NYT. February 7 2008]
Will this be bad news for McCain?
It has been speculated that McCain won despite opposition from the social conservative because of votes split to Huckabee and Romney. Without Huckabee, Romney would have performed much better in the latest primaries. Without Romney, likewise for Huckabee.
With Huckabee being the only social conservative candidate, religious conservatives in the GOP have just one candidate to choose from. Whether those conservative votes would be enough to jack Huckabee up past McCain, we will have to wait and see.
I wonder who Romney will endorse as the Republican candidate though. I do hope it is McCain. Having a person that will disrespect secularism in the US sounds too scary to even imagine.