Brownback Sets Bar for Continuing Campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Anything less than a fourth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses could mean the end of Senator Sam Brownback's
presidential bid.

The Kansas Republican said Wednesday that finishing lower than fourth would make him reassess whether to keep his campaign going. For Brownback to place fourth or higher, he would have to draw
more votes than better-known GOP rivals John McCain, Rudy Giuliani,
Fred Thompson and Mitt Romney.

Brownback has pinned his hopes on attracting support from evangelical Christians who are crucial to Republican politics in Iowa. But he placed third last month in an Iowa straw poll, finishing
behind surprise runner-up Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas
governor. They're competing for the same bloc of conservative
voters.


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