(Feb. 3, 2016) — Rand Paul will drop out of the 2016 presidential race.
The first-term senator from Kentucky never quite caught on with Republican voters who’ve made Donald Trump the front-runner for the party nomination. Paul tried to appeal to younger voters and minorities, but he couldn’t find broad support. Paul will instead concentrate on his Senate campaign in Kentucky.
Paul issued a statement about his decision:
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 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.
Paul finished fifth in Monday’s Iowa caucuses, taking 4.5 percent of the vote.