Vivek Ramaswamy wasn’t the only GOP presidential candidate to drop out following Monday’s Iowa caucuses.
Former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson dropped out after gathering well under 1% of the vote Monday night.
Hutchinson finished in sixth place.
🚨Just in: Asa Hutchinson is suspending his 2024 presidential campaign after getting just 0.2% of the vote in the Iowa caucuses. pic.twitter.com/6FVWGGOamX
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BREAKING: Former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson ends his 2024 Republican presidential bid after 6th-place finish in Iowa caucuses
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Former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson ends his 2024 campaign after sixth-place finish in Iowa caucuses https://t.co/uNqot1DFpc >><> He was still running? Oh. Guess he will be missed. A lot. By everybody. Who knew.
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From the Associated Press:
Former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson dropped his long-shot bid for the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday, ending a candidacy that was a throwback to an earlier era of the GOP but ultimately failed to resonate in a party now dominated by Donald Trump.
Hutchinson’s exit came a day after he finished sixth in Iowa’s leadoff caucuses, well behind Trump and other top rivals but also behind Ryan Binkley, a pastor who failed to qualify for any of the debates. Hutchinson was the last GOP candidate remaining in the race who was willing to directly take on Trump.Advertisement
“I congratulate Donald J. Trump for his win last night in Iowa and to the other candidates who competed and garnered delegate support,” Hutchinson said in a statement. “Today, I am suspending my campaign for President and driving back to Arkansas. My message of being a principled Republican with experience and telling the truth about the current front runner did not sell in Iowa.”
Hutchinson’s campaign manager, Alison Williams, said he wasn’t issuing an endorsement at this time.
During the campaign, he failed to register beyond 1 percentage point in most polls and drew sparse crowds even as the Republican presidential field winnowed from more than a dozen candidates down to a handful.
With the exits of Ramaswamy and Hutchinson, the GOP presidential primary is essentially a three-horse race.
DeSantis and Haley are the lone challengers to Donald Trump.
Asa Hutchinson just ended his 2024 Republican presidential bid.
He’s got more commonsense than Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis.
— Paul A. Szypula 🇺🇸 (@Bubblebathgirl) January 16, 2024
Fox News reports:
Donald Trump notched a commanding win in the Iowa GOP caucuses, more than doubling the 24% support he received in 2016. Caucusgoers braved subzero temperatures to deliver a resounding victory for the former president, whose 30-point win was the largest for a contested presidential caucus in modern Iowa history.
That’s according to our Fox News Voter Analysis of Iowa Republicans.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis edged out former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley for second place. The result was a much-needed boost for DeSantis, who visited every county and invested significant time and resources in the Hawkeye State.
Businessman Vivek Ramaswamy finished far behind with single-digit support, dropping out and endorsing Trump as the results became clear.