"It is time for me to step aside so that history can blaze its path,"
His announcement came from New Orleans the same place he began his campaign 13-months ago. But with a less than stellar outcome in South Carolina last Saturday, his home state, and money becoming a major issue, John Edwards is suspending his campaign.
Debbie Smith is a Edwards Nevada Delegate:
" I'm very disappointed. I was actually surprised how committed I became to the campaign. How passionate I became as an Edwards supporter. So I did wake up this morning feeling disappointed,".
Edwards was the first to call for universal health care, and for congress to pull out of Iraq. A dominate force in trying to pull power from Washington lobbyists. But his pet projects soon became those of others.
Fred Lokken is a TMCC Political Science Professor:
"The other two campaigns picked up those themes as well and seemed to get that message across more effectively."
Edwards leaves the campaign trail with 26-delegates. Ten of which are split between Obama and Clinton. Here in Nevada a Democratic county and nevada convention awaits. As a delegate for Edwards here in Washoe County, Smith says she's not sure what she'll do next.
"I've already had some calls this morning and I just want to process this. I want to get over my disappointment. I don't think we were greatly surprised because of his showing in Nevada and South Carolina .But it was still disappointed. I'll give it a little bit of time and see what happens in the other campaigns."