The GOP presidential field is thinning. Which means the competition is really starting to heat up.
And this Republican candidate dropped out and made an unexpected endorsement.
The Republican primaries are closer than you think.
The Iowa caucuses are set to kick off the pandemonium on January 15th, 2024 – just a three months away.
But some in the race have seen the writing on the walls and are throwing in the towel before it even starts.
Former Texas Rep. Will Hurd (R) became the second Republican to withdraw from the Republican presidential race on Monday night.
Hurd, who ranked towards the bottom of the primary field, struggled to garner even 1% in surveys, and never made it onto the debate stage, followed Miami Mayor Francis Suarez in withdrawing from the race in late August after failing to enter the first presidential debate.
“Unfortunately, it has become clear to me and my team that the time has come to suspend our campaign,” he said.
Hurd then went on to lambast Trump and his America First agenda.
“While I appreciate all the time and energy our supporters have given, it is important to recognize the realities of the political landscape and the need to consolidate our party around one person to defeat both Donald Trump and President Biden. I urge donors, voters, and other candidates to unite around an alternative candidate to Trump. Otherwise, we will repeat the same errors as in 2016. If the Republican party nominates Donald Trump or the various personalities jockeying to imitate his divisive, crass behavior, we will lose.”
He stated that he campaigned to protect “this experiment called America” and that the public deserved better options than President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump.
He also emphasized the importance of important topics that he believes Americans are not paying enough attention to, such as artificial intelligence, the impending Cold War with China, and the crisis on the United States’ southern border.
“Our nation deserves a leader who can unite us and navigate the complex challenges we face, particularly when it comes to our national security,” he said.
“I believe Ambassador Nikki Haley is the best person in this race to do that.”
“Ambassador Haley has shown a willingness to articulate a different vision for the country than Donald Trump and has an unmatched grasp on the complexities of our foreign policy,” he continued.
“I wholeheartedly endorse Ambassador Haley and look forward to supporting her for the remainder of this race.”
When I first entered the Republican presidential primary field in June, I knew I was a dark horse candidate with a path to victory that would contain many obstacles. But as I traveled across the country, I met so many Americans who believed in my campaign’s message of unity and…
— Will Hurd (@WillHurd) October 9, 2023
Of course, Hurd’s endorsement may not have much of an effect since he had such terrible numbers.
And with Trump at 58.7% according to FiveThirtyEight politics averages, we don’t think he has much to worry about.
Stay tuned to Prudent Politics.