Will the state of Kentucky forgive him?
Republican senator Rand Paul will exit the race after the disappointing results from the Iowa Caucus.
The high profile senator who ran on his father Ron Paul's libertarian policies struggled throughout the whole campaign. He was on the verge of exiting the race when he was sent to the kiddie table back a month ago. He may have made the mistake of ditching the debate and whining too much.
"It's been an incredible honor to run a principled campaign for the White House," Paul said in a statement. "Today, I will end where I began, ready and willing to fight for the cause of liberty.
Paul finished fifth in Monday's Iowa caucuses with 4.5 percent of the vote, behind rivals Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Ben Carson.
Paul campaigned on defending liberty and shrinking the federal government’s influence in the United States and abroad.
Since announcing his candidacy on April 7, 2015, in Louisville, Kentucky, Paul was unsuccessful in breaking single digits in national polls.
|Pathetic Rand Paul will exit presidential race. He will focus on getting reelected to the senate.|
Paul, 53, was one of the earliest and strongest voices against GOP front-runner Trump on or off the debate stage, calling the billionaire real estate mogul from New York everything from a “fake conservative” to a “delusional narcissist.” He even compared Trump to “Gollum,” the antagonist in “The Lord of the Rings.”
Paul’s campaign focused on gaining grassroots momentum among younger, first-time voters and college students.
Back home in Kentucky, Paul will be gearing up for a re-election campaign where he will be facing off against the Democratic mayor of Lexington, Jim Gray.
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