The 2016 presidential campaign of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was announced on April 7, 2015 at an event at the Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky. In the 10 months since, he consistently polled in the low single digits. The GOP field has been winnowed from 17 to 10 with the announcement this morning around 9:00 AM that he was suspending his campaign.
Paul released the following 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."
Tuesday's New Hampshire primary will likely generate fresh casualties, with John Kasich, the Ohio governor, reported by NPR as saying this week: "If I get snuffed out, I go home—end of story."
Just after 2:30 PM today, CNN reported Rick Santorum will end his bid for the presidency and reveal who he plans to endorse as GOP nominee.
Christie? Gilmore? Have you seen the writing on the wall yet?
RIP, "libertarian moment". We hardly knew ye. Rand Paul made his case, but this wasn't his year. Hard to say it ever will be.— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) February 3, 2016
Who could've guessed in 2014 that *Ron* Paul would've run the more successful presidential campaign.— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) February 3, 2016
Atlas just shrugged off #RandPaul— Rodney Anonymous (@RodneyAnon) February 3, 2016
Remember when it was going to Rand v Christie v Walker for all the marbles?— Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) February 3, 2016