Four Democratic Candidates Pull Out of Michigan Primary

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Four Democratic candidates are pulling out of Michigan's January 15th presidential primary.

The four are Barack Obama, John Edwards, Bill Richardson and Joe Biden.

And that leaves Michigan with a contest featuring Hillary Rodham Clinton against a handful of lesser-knowns.

Michigan is a critical Midwestern state in presidential voting, but it broke party rules in moving up its primary. And the candidates are honoring the wishes of party leaders in skipping the contest.

Clinton isn't dropping out, and neither is Chris Dodd. Their campaigns say they're staying on the Michigan primary ballot.

A Clinton spokesman says she won't campaign or spend money in states that don't comply with the party calendar, but that it's not necessary to remove her name from the ballot.

All of the Democrats have already agreed not to campaign in Michigan.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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