December 6, 2023


Republican presidential candidate Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., speaks throughout a Republican presidential main debate hosted by NBC Information, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023, on the Adrienne Arsht Middle for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County in Miami. AP Picture/Rebecca Blackwell

Republican presidential candidate Tim Scott introduced late Sunday that he was dropping out of the 2024 race, about two months earlier than the beginning of voting in Iowa’s leadoff caucuses.

The South Carolina senator made the shock announcement on “Sunday Night time in America” with Trey Gowdy. The information was so abrupt that one marketing campaign employee instructed The Related Press that marketing campaign employees came upon Scott was dropping out by watching the present. The employee was not licensed to debate the inner deliberations publicly and spoke on situation of anonymity.

The information comes as Scott continued to wrestle within the polls and simply days after the third Republican main debate. The one Black Republican senator, Scott entered the race in Might with extra cash than every other Republican candidate however couldn’t discover a lane in a subject dominated by former President Donald Trump.

“I really like America extra at the moment than I did on Might 22,” Scott stated Sunday evening. “However once I return to Iowa, it is not going to be as a presidential candidate. I’m suspending my marketing campaign. I feel the voters who’re probably the most outstanding individuals on the planet have been actually clear that they’re telling me, ‘Not now, Tim.’”

He added: “And so I’m going to respect the voters, and I’m going to carry on and maintain working actually laborious and look ahead to one other alternative.”

He stated he wouldn’t be making an endorsement of his remaining Republican rivals.

“The voters are actually sensible,” Scott stated. One of the best ways for me to be useful is to not weigh in on who they need to endorse.”

He additionally indicated that he wasn’t interested by a working mate slot.

“Being vp has by no means been on my to-do checklist for this marketing campaign, and it’s actually not there now,” Scott stated.