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Gary Hart

Gary Hart is a politician and lawyer from the state of Colorado. He formerly served as a senator representing Colorado, and ran in the U.S. presidential elections in 1984 and 1988. He was considering a run in the 2004 presidential election, but decided against seeking nomination in May 2003.

In early 1987, Hart was the clear frontrunner for the Democratic nomination in the 1988 presidential election. It seemed that only Democratic party efforts to recruit New York Governor Mario Cuomo[?] would thwart his nomination. Hart had put in a strong showing in the 1984 presidential election, and had refined his campaign in the intervening years.

However, questions about extramarital affairs dogged the charismatic candidate. An exasperated Hart challenged the press to tail him. The Miami Herald did exactly that, to uncover damaging evidence of an affair with 29-year-old model Donna Rice[?], getting a photograph of Rice sitting on Hart's lap. On May 8, 1987, a week after the Donna Rice story broke, Hart dropped out of the race.

In December of 1987, Hart returned to the race. However the damage had been done and his campaign went nowhere.

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