Former New York Governor George Pataki has ended his campaign to become the Republican nominee for president.

The Boston Globe's James Pindell first reported the news on Twitter.

“Scoop: @GovernorPataki is calling his NH supporters this afternoon telling him he will drop his bid for president #fitn.”

Pataki confirmed the move in a tweet: “While tonight I suspend my campaign for president, I am confident we can elect the right person.”

He expanded that thought in a video released on YouTube.

“While tonight is the end of my journey for the White House, as I suspend my campaign for president, I'm confident we can elect the right person, someone who will bring us together. And who understands that politicians, including the president, must the peoples' servant and not their master. I know the best of America is still ahead of us,” Pataki said.

Pataki, who signed a gay protections bill as governor, has previously said that the issue of marriage should be decided by the states. His personal position on marriage equality remains unclear.

Twelve Republican candidates remain in the race.