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Democrats Babbitt, Dukakis, Gephardt, Gore, Simon Still In Race; Jackson, Schroeder Expected

September 23, 1987

Democrats Babbitt, Dukakis, Gephardt, Gore, Simon Still In Race; Jackson, Schroeder Expected To Enter With AM-Biden, Bjt

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Sen. Joseph Biden’s decision to drop out of the 1988 Democratic presidential race on Wednesday leaves a field of five announced candidates with two more considered likely to announce soon.

The number of Democrats seeking their party’s nomination now is smaller than the number of those who have quit the race or declined to enter it.

Still in the race are former Gov. Bruce Babbitt of Arizona, Gov. Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts, Rep. Richard Gephardt of Missouri, Sen. Albert Gore Jr. of Tennessee and Sen. Paul Simon of Illinois.

Jesse Jackson has said he will announce his candidacy on Oct. 10. Rep. Patricia Schroeder of Colorado plans to announce her presidential intentions next week.

Biden, of Delaware, and former Sen. Gary Hart of Colorado, who quit the race May 8, are the only candidates to have dropped out of the Democratic competition after making a formal entry.

However, several Democrats - some more well known than others - have announced they are not seeking the presidency.

This list includes Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, Gov. Mario Cuomo of New York, Gov. Rudy Perpich of Minnesota, Gov. Richard Celeste of Ohio, Sen. Sam Nunn of Georgia, Gov. Bill Clinton of Arkansas, former Gov. Charles Robb of Virginia, and Sen. Dale Bumpers of Arkansas.

In Iowa, where the first test of strength for the Democratic candidates comes in caucuses beginning Feb. 8, Biden ranked fourth in the Iowa Poll published by the Des Moines Register on Aug. 30.

The poll, conducted between Aug. 17 and 26 and with a 5.5 percent margin of error, found 18 percent of those surveyed supporting Gephardt, followed by 14 percent for Dukakis, 13 percent for Simon and 10 percent for Biden. Jackson and Babbitt each drew 9 percent, Mrs. Schroeder received 5 percent and Gore received 2 percent.

A Gallup Poll conducted in July for The Nation magazine found Jackson supported by 13 percent of the 1,026 people surveyed, while Simon drew 6 percent and Gore, Gephardt and Dukakis each had 5 percent. Biden received 3 percent in the poll, which had a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percent.

Twenty-five percent of those polled for the magazine said they would support Hart if he would re-enter the race. Hart, who had been the Democrats’ front-runner, dropped out after allegations of a romantic involvement with actress and model Donna Rice.

On the Republican side, announced presidential candidates are former Gov. Pete du Pont of Delaware; former Secretary of State Alexander Haig, and Rep. Jack Kemp of New York, while Vice President George Bush, Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas and television evangelist Pat Robertson are expected to enter.

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