February 11, 2004
After defeat in the South, Wesley Clark—who was born in Chicago, Illinois, but grew up in Little Rock (Pulaski County)—stepped down from the 2004 presidential race. Clark was the top Democratic candidate until a decision not to campaign in the Iowa caucus allowed John Kerry the momentum to pull to the forefront, with Howard Dean close behind. Clark fell to third and took third in the New Hampshire primary. He was first in the Oklahoma primary, third in Tennessee, second in Arizona, and a remote third in Virginia. A political analyst and commentator, Clark is president and CEO of Wesley K. Clark and Associates, a consulting firm located in Little Rock, formed in March 2003.