Rand Paul to Suspend Presidential Campaign

Sen. Rand Paul (R., Kent.) / AP


Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) will end his 2016 presidential campaign, according to multiple reports Wednesday morning.

CNN first reported that Paul will end his campaign Wednesday, according to multiple sources close to the Kentucky senator. Paul discussed the decision with staff Wednesday and later released a statement confirming his decision.

"It’s been an incredible honor to run a principled campaign for the White House," Paul said. "Today, I will end where I began, ready and willing to fight for the cause of Liberty."

Paul’s decision to end his presidential ambitions came less than two days after the Republican Iowa caucus, during which he received less than 5 percent of the vote. According to a CNN/ORC poll released late last month, Paul maintained only 3 percent support among likely Republican primary voters nationally.

Paul will instead focus full attention on his bid to retain his seat in the U.S. Senate.

Morgan Chalfant   Email Morgan | Full Bio | RSS
Morgan Chalfant is a staff writer at the Washington Free Beacon. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, Morgan worked as a staff writer at Red Alert Politics. She also served as the year-long Collegiate Network fellow on the editorial page at USA TODAY from 2013-14. Morgan graduated from Boston College in 2013 with a B.A. in English and Mathematics. Her Twitter handle is @mchalfant16.

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