Clark to Bow Out of Presidential Race Today

February 11, 2004 - Posted at 7:36 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - An Internet campaign helped draw retired Army general Wesley Clark away from business interests in Little Rock and into the presidential race.

Today, aides say Clark will exit the race the old-fashioned way, with a speech in his hometown.

Clark finished third in the Tennessee and Virginia Democratic primaries yesterday.  The former NATO commander retired from the Army after leading forces in Kosovo in 1999, returning to his home in Little Rock.  A grass-roots movement on the Internet evolved into the "Draft Clark" effort that led Clark into the race.

After announcing his campaign, the four-star general topped many polls, but he couldn't turn that recognition into votes in key primary states.

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