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Hatch expected to quit presidential race today

By COMPILED FROM TIMES WIRES

© St. Petersburg Times, published January 26, 2000


WASHINGTON -- After drawing only 1 percent of the Republican vote in Monday's Iowa caucuses, Sen. Orrin G. Hatch is expected to announce today that he is withdrawing from the presidential race.

Hatch, a four-term Republican senator from Utah, attracted fewer than 900 votes in Iowa, where he spent 48 days campaigning. His campaign is equally troubled in New Hampshire, where polls show him with no more than 2 percent support among GOP voters.

"I think he was a little bit disappointed in the results," Hatch's campaign spokeswoman, Margarita Tapia, said Tuesday.

"He was disappointed to say the least. "Devastated' is probably a better word," said Kent Cook, scheduler for the Hatch campaign.

Hatch had planned a Washington news conference for Tuesday, but delayed it until today because of the snow in the nation's capital.

Barbara Bush foresees female president

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Former first lady Barbara Bush, campaigning for her son, Texas Gov. George W. Bush, predicted Tuesday that it won't be too long before the country elects a female president.

"I fully expect to see a female president -- she'll be a Republican of course -- but I fully expect to see her and I don't expect to live too many more years," said Mrs. Bush, who is 74.

She said she was thrilled by her son's victory Monday in the Iowa caucuses, but refused to speculate on whether Bush might select a woman running mate and, if he did, who it might be.

Bush barely wins Alaska straw poll

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Texas Gov. George W. Bush eked out the narrowest of victories in Alaska's Republican straw poll Monday night, edging Steve Forbes by 5 votes.

Both men finished with about 36 percent of the vote. About 5 percent of registered Republicans voted in the straw poll, down from 10 percent in 1996.

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