Republican Senator Tim Scott from South Carolina has revealed that he is withdrawing from the 2024 presidential race. His sudden announcement on Fox News’ “Sunday Night In America with Trey Gowdy” comes just two months before the Iowa caucuses, and after having to cancel all his campaign stops in the state due to the flu. “I’m looking forward to getting back on the campaign trail,” he told Fox News, “but when I go back to Iowa, it will not be as a presidential candidate. I am suspending my campaign.”
His announcement to suspend his campaign appeared to have taken many of his staff members by surprise. He mentioned that he will not be endorsing another candidate and neither does he have any intentions of becoming a running mate. Despite Scott’s efforts to refocus his campaign in recent months, his attempts to gain momentum fell short. A recent CBS News/YouGov poll revealed that he was only being considered by about 4% of voters, placing him in fifth place behind the frontrunner, former President Donald Trump. Despite experiencing challenges in the polls, Scott has shown strong fundraising capabilities, with the most available cash on hand among 2024 GOP presidential contenders, second only to Trump.
Following his announcement, Scott’s Republican rivals took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to share their farewells. While many shared their best wishes, including former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former President Trump have yet to comment on the decision to suspend his campaign.
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