AP: John Edwards to bow out of race today

DENVER, CO (WVLT) -- The Associated Press has learned Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards is leaving the presidential race today.

The former North Carolina senator finished third in the Florida "beauty contest" voting yesterday.

Two advisers say Edwards has notified a close circle of senior advisers that he plans to make the announcement today in New Orleans.

Edwards ran a campaign that steered his rivals toward progressive ideals -- even as he dealt with family hardship, his wife's cancer diagnosis.

An adviser says Edwards will not immediately endorse either candidate. The adviser spoke on the condition of anonymity in advance of the announcement.