After a fifth place, finish in Iowa Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is ending his quest for the White House. Paul announced on Wednesday morning, Feb. 3, 2016, that he is suspending his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination via a statement. There are now 10 Republicans remaining in the race.
Paul announced in his statement, “It’s been an incredible honor to run a principled campaign for the White House. Today, I will end where I began, ready and willing to fight for the cause of liberty.” Paul first informed his senior campaign staff of his decision to withdraw on Tuesday, Feb. 2; Paul then told his campaign of his decision Wednesday morning on a conference call.
Paul is the second Republican to withdraw from the race after the Iowa caucuses on Monday, Feb. 1. Paul received 4.5 percent of the vote and placed fifth. The Kentucky senator struggled throughout his campaign in the polls and in fundraising spending more than he raised. Paul’s libertarian bent never caught on in the campaign, and his numbers remained in the single digits. He never garnered the support or enthusiasm as his father Ron Paul did. Conservatives looked to Ted Cruz rather than Paul, while Donald Trump dominated the GOP race.
Paul’s poll numbers were always on the edge, and he barely made the top tier primary debates. Last month he failed to meet FOX Business’ criteria for the sixth GOP debate, and they bumped him to the undercard debate, which he boycotted. Paul, however, made the main stage for Fox News debate last week.
Paul might not have reached the stage in the ABC News debate in Manchester, N.H. on Saturday, Feb. 6. ABC is only hosting one debate. The debate will feature the top three finishers from the Iowa caucuses and the top six candidates in national and New Hampshire polls. According to RealClearPolitics’ poll average Paul was seventh nationally and ninth in New Hampshire.
Paul said he plans to focus on his reelection for his Senate seat from Kentucky, saying, “I will continue to carry the torch for Liberty in the United States Senate and I look forward to earning the privilege to represent the people of Kentucky for another term.” Paul will most likely face Lexington Mayor Jim Gray as his Democratic opponent.
Here is Paul’s complete statement:
“It’s been an incredible honor to run a principled campaign for the White House. Today, I will end where I began, ready and willing to fight for the cause of Liberty.
Across the country thousands upon thousands of young people flocked to our message of limited government, privacy, criminal justice reform and a reasonable foreign policy. Brushfires of Liberty were ignited, and those will carry on, as will I.
Although, today I will suspend my campaign for President, the fight is far from over. I will continue to carry the torch for Liberty in the United States Senate and I look forward to earning the privilege to represent the people of Kentucky for another term.”