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‘Traficant for President’ group calls it quits

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Former Ohio congressman James A. Traficant Jr. is no longer seeking to trade his prison cell for the Oval Office, campaign supporters said Wednesday.

A group that formed a presidential exploratory committee for the ousted Democrat announced that it will end a two-month campaign because of lack of support. Traficant is in prison for bribery and racketeering.

Marcus Belk, manager of the "Draft Traficant for President 2004" campaign from Jersey City, N.J., said the group was folding because it could not raise the $100,000 needed to qualify for federal matching funds.