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Brownback terminates presidential campaign

Sam Brownback’s presidential campaign came to an official end on Tuesday.

The Republican governor quietly filed papers with the Federal Election Commission terminating Brownback for President Inc.

The final report showed the governor with no cash on hand but listed $10,259 in loans he made to his own 2008 failed campaign for president.

It had been widely speculated that Brownback’s ambitious agenda of cutting income taxes and reducing government spending had been part of an effort to set him up to run for president in 2016.

The fact that Brownback still had an open presidential campaign surfaced during the governor’s re-election campaign.

Democratic challenger Paul Davis brought up the account in a recent in gubernatorial debate to underscore the governor’s political ambitions.

A spokesman for the Brownback gubernatorial campaign could not be reached Wednesday morning about the filing.

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