Edwards Drops Out of the Presidential Race

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NEW ORLEANS -- John Edwards is out of the Democratic race for the White House.

Speaking in New Orleans, Edwards said it's time for him to step aside "so that history can blaze its path."

Edwards says he's confident a Democrat can take back the White House, though he stopped short of endorsing either Hillary Rodham Clinton or Barack Obama.

Still, Edwards says he's spoken to both of the remaining Democratic candidates and has their commitment to work on his chief cause, ending poverty.

Edwards says Obama and Clinton have promised to make the issue a central one in their campaigns.

Edwards says he'll "never forget" the plight of the poor and will continue working toward ending what he calls "two Americas."

Edwards' announcement came in the same city where he launched his campaign more than a year ago.