Former NY Governor George Pataki has decided to exit the presidential race claiming that it was turning into a “reality gong show.” Pataki on Tuesday contacted supporters in New Hampshire announcing he was leaving the race. Pataki has failed to average more than 0% in polling and USA Today ranked him 12th out of 13 in this week’s Republican power rankings. Pataki, who flirted with presidential runs in 2008 and 2012, announced his campaign in late May. He quickly put together a local steering committee that included two Republican state senators, but after that failed to gain traction.
The moderate Republican was New York governor for three terms after being elected in 1994. Before embarking on his 2016 campaign, there was speculation he would run in previous presidential cycles. His reported decision to drop out comes weeks before Feb. 1’s Iowa caucus and Feb. 9’s New Hampshire primary. Pataki had missed the filing deadlines in primary states later in the cycle.