Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson dropped out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination.
Thompson, who also served in the Bush Cabinet, did not meet the expectations he set for himself in the Ames Republican straw poll held Saturday.
"I want to thank the people of Iowa who were welcoming and supportive as well as my volunteers and contributors from around the country," Thompson said in a written statement.
Thompson, former secretary of Health and Human Services, had hoped to place second in the poll. Instead, he finished sixth.
Speaking to reporters Sunday, he smiled and said he simply needed to accept that he "lost."
"There's no sense in looking back," he said.
In his statement, Thompson said he had "no regrets about running."
Thompson and Gilmore are now out. When will the field narrow futher?