Fast Facts

Party afilliation:
Republican

Highest office held:
Governor of New York

Notable quote:
“When government accepts responsibility for people, then people no longer take responsibility for themselves.”

George Pataki

By Hayley Harding

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following obituary is a satirical piece about the ends of 2016 presidential campaigns. Those who led the campaigns are still very much alive, although their hopes for winning the race to the White House in November have come to an unsuccessful conclusion.

The presidential campaign of George Pataki, known for hosting the oldest candidate running for president, died on Dec. 29, 2015. It was 215 days old.

Pataki’s campaign was born on May 28, 2015, in Exeter, New Hampshire. Headed by former New York Gov. George Pataki, the campaign was tied for first place with New York voters immediately after his announcement, Quinnipiac found. Despite this, Pataki did poorly in national polls (with many of those surveying not even including Pataki’s name) and was consistently in last place with voters.

When it came to debates, Pataki was always in the secondary debate, if invited at all. His perhaps most newsworthy events came near the end of his campaign, when he failed to submit the necessary signatures required to get on the primary ballots in Virginia, Texas and Florida.

The campaign is survived by its endorsement of Marco Rubio.