They're dropping like flies!
Two potential Republican presidential candidates have now dropped out in a little less than a month. Only 21 oft-spoken about possibilities left to decide. [Yes, the argument could be made that Bush, Christie and Jindal have all said they are not going to run, but we'll keep them on here for the time being.]
Michelle BachmannHaley BarbourJohn BoltonJeb BushHerman CainChris ChristieMitch DanielsJim DeMintNewt GingrichRudy GiulianiMike HuckabeeJon HuntsmanBobby JindalGary JohnsonSarah PalinGeorge PatakiRon PaulTim Pawlenty
Mike Pence(1/27/11)Rick PerryMitt RomneyRick Santorum John Thune(2/22/11)
John Thune (via Facebook and his website) has withdrawn his name from the list of candidates vying for the 2012 Republican nomination to focus his efforts on the Senate. The South Dakota senator joins Mike Pence as the only prospective Republican candidates to announce anything -- in or out -- in terms of a run for the White House. Two outs and no ins at this point.