Even before the nomination closed for the Hugo awards, there were a number of people who didn't want their names on the Sad Puppies recommendation list and asked that they be removed. Quite frankly, since the Sad Puppy list was only a list of recommendations, Brad Torgerson shouldn't have needed people's permission to put the name on the list. But the fact is the threats of retaliation against anyone associated with Sad Puppies is so severe that some people feared even having their names linked with it.
Yesterday two people who previously didn't mind having their names on the list and who are Hugo nominated decided withdraw the names. They are both young and probably afraid theircareers will be hurt. Quite frankly, I think it's a futile gesture. Their flirtation with deviancy will never be forgiven by the SF establishment.
I've had people urge me stay the course and not withdraw from the ballot; people who know I'm not terribly close to Brad Torgerson or Larry Correia. One advantage of being a part-time writer as that the threats the revenge and retaliation really don't bother me; I got a real job.
In light of the rule or ruin policy of the SF establishment, I don't know if the Hugo awards will be held this year, or if they will be held in the future. I'm proud of my works that are nominated, and I think they are worthy of recognition. No amount of backstabbing, backbiting, slander and character assassination can change that.