The Politico reports that Jim Gilmore has dropped out of the race. He has finally realized that he needs a ton of money and that he is further challenged by the primary front loading. I'll admit it; I didn't see him being the first to drop out. Still, it's unsuprising that he's gone and I expect Tancredo and Tommy Thompson to follow suit soon.
By the way, I've been gone for a while but as I predicted in my post about Fred Thompson, the "top tier" is beginning to collapse, beginning with McCain. I think Rudy will probably come next, probably as the IAFF and their hits on him increase in publicity.