Monday, December 11, 2023

Sen. Tim Scott ends candidacy, exits GOP presidential primary

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott suspended his 2024 campaign for president late Sunday, just days after falling short of making a big impression in the third Republican presidential debate in Miami.

Scott, of South Carolina, announced his departure from the race on Fox News and said he would not be endorsing any of his former GOP primary opponents.

“The best for me to be helpful is to not weigh in,” he told Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Night in America with Trey Gowdy.”

Scott has lagged in the polls, receiving just 2% support in the latest The Center Square Voters’ Voice Poll. Former President Donald Trump holds a huge lead in that poll, as he has in polling for months.

Scott’s exit comes just about two weeks after former Vice President Mike Pence also dropped out of the race.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former U.S. Ambassador and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley are a distant second and third behind Trump in The Center Square poll.