CINCINNATI (TDB) -- U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, the Cleveland Democrat on a hopeless quest for his party's 2008 White House nomination, says he wants to be removed from Michigan's presidential primary ballot. He still seems to be running in 49 other states.
Kucinich said he withdrew in order to support New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, states that have early primaries approved by the Democratic National Committee. Kucinich did not mention that he doesn't seem to have significant support in Michigan, so his request to be removed from the ballot won't really effect the presidential race.
His press release is here. The Kucinich campaign said:
"We support the grassroots nature of the New Hampshire, small-scale primary, and we support the diversity efforts that Chairman (Howard) Dean and the DNC instituted last year, when they added Nevada and South Carolina to the window in January 2008. We are obviously committed to New Hampshire's historic role."