Bob Smith is a former Republican U.S. Senator from the State of New Hampshire, as well as a former Presidential candidate in the Republican and Constitution Parties (though the Constitution Party was then called the US Taxpayer’s Party). In 2000 Smith left his party to run for President as the Constitution Party nominee but very shortly thereafter he switched to running as an Independent, and then soon after that he ended his campaign and rejoined the Republican Party.
In 2010 he has been running for the open U.S. Senate seat in Florida against fellow Republicans Marco Rubio and Charlie Crist. He has polled negligibly and been unable to raise considerable funds, two facts which he blames for his exiting the race.
“Unfortunately, funding has not materialized and we have reached the point where we can go no further without it,” Smith wrote in a letter to supporters on his website. “Sadly, therefore, I must now announce that I am ending my campaign.”
This is the second time in six year Smith has filed to run for the U.S. Senate, only to drop out before qualifying. In 2004, Smith filed and opened a campaign office in Sarasota, only to quite a few months later.
News of Smith’s withdrawal from the race has fueled speculation that he might rejoin the Constitution Party again.