Lindsey Graham Suspends His Campaign

He faced a key deadline in his home state
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 21, 2015 8:57 AM CST
Lindsey Graham Suspends His Campaign
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, is ending his campaign.   (AP Photo/John Raoux)

One of the mainstays of the undercard GOP debates is out: Lindsey Graham tells CNN that he's suspending his campaign for president. "I've hit a wall here," says the conservative South Carolina senator. Graham has been consistently polling near the bottom of the pack and hasn't qualified for the main debate once. The likely key factor: Monday was the deadline for Graham to remove his name from the primary ballot in South Carolina, notes Politico. Being able to do so allows him to avoid the possibility of an embarrassing home-state loss.

"Here's what I predict. I think the nominee of our party is going to adopt my plan when it comes time to articulate how to destroy ISIL," says Graham. "To those in the Republican Party who want to win, check my plan out. Hillary, if you get to be president, I'll help you where I can. I hope you're not. But if you are, I'll be there to help you win a war we can't afford to lose." An email to supporters was expected to go out later Monday. (More Lindsey Graham stories.)

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