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Two NY Republicans say Giuliani confirms he's quitting race

Associated Press - January 30, 2008 12:33 PM ET

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Two New York lawmakers say Rudy Giuliani has told them he will drop out of the presidential race and endorse Senator John McCain.

The two New York state Republicans say they got calls from Giuliani about his plans. Congressman Peter King, a Giuliani adviser, says he expects Giuliani will be "fairly active for McCain."

Giuliani, who once led the GOP pack, bet and lost on Florida. After heavy campaigning in the state, the former New York mayor placed a distant third in yesterday's primary.

He's heading to California, where Republican presidential candidates are scheduled to debate at the Reagan presidential library in Simi (SEE'-mee) Valley. Party officials say that's where he'll announce his backing for his longtime friend.

McCain, who is himself heading to the Golden State, spoke glowingly of Giuliani yesterday, thanking him for being an "inspiration" to the Arizona senator and to millions of Americans.

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