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Monday, December 18, 2017

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Republican Rand Paul suspended his 2016 presidential bid on Wednesday after his small-government campaign failed to gain traction with voters.

The U.S. senator from Kentucky was the second Republican candidate, behind former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, to drop out of the race since Monday’s night’s Iowa caucuses. That contest launched the parties’ process to nominate candidates for the November election.

“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 said in a statement.

In the Republican race, the libertarian-leaning Paul finished in fifth place in Iowa with 4.5 percent of the vote. U.S. Senator Ted Cruz finished first in Iowa, putting a dent in real estate tycoon Donald Trump’s standing as front-runner to be his party’s nominee.

Paul, who is also focused on winning another U.S. Senate term, said he would continue fighting for limited government, criminal justice reform and “reasonable” foreign policy.

The heir apparent to the libertarian-minded voters who helped his father gain a standing in the last two presidential elections, Paul struggled to attract support in a crowded Republican field.

His withdrawal leaves 10 Republican candidates in the 2016 White House race.

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Nick Zieminski and Frances Kerry)

Photo: U.S. Republican presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Rand Paul speaks at the New Hampshire GOP’s FITN Presidential town hall in Nashua, New Hampshire in this January 23, 2016 file photo. REUTERS/Mary Schwalm/Files

3 Responses to Republican Rand Paul Suspends 2016 White House Campaign

  1. Rand compromised some positions but kept some of his principles anyway. Oddly enough he was one of the sane ones in the race.

  2. It will be interesting to see how a smaller field of conservative candidates affect the candidacies of the front runners, and who benefits the most from it. I would not be surprised if Santorum, Fiorina, and a couple of others do the same before or immediately after the New Hampshire primaries. Quite frankly, none of them has a chance to win the GOP nomination, and most are not even contenders for the Nr. 2 spot in the ticket.
    Then again, with the likes of Sarah Palin back on the spot light, anything is possible in the mythical world of Republican pseudo conservatism.

  3. The dominoes are beginning to fall at a faster rate…tick….tick…tick..tick.tick and may the last one fall with a LOUD thud and that would be another democrat in the WH

    I wonder what sound the Bush domino makes…splat? plop? fart sound??

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