Lindsey Graham Exits 2016 Presidential Race

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) (photo credit: Kai Mörk, CC BY 3.0 DE)
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) (photo credit: Kai Mörk, CC BY 3.0 DE)


South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is suspending his presidential run, he told supporters on a conference call Monday.

His announcement came on the same day as the deadline hit for him to remove his name from the South Carolina primary ballot, a date that had been closely watched amid speculation that the low-polling Graham would want to avoid a potentially poor performance in his own state’s contest.

Graham has been Mr. Quotable on the campaign trail, but he never seemed to gain any traction in the polls. He’s been hovering below 1 percent throughout the cycle as voters gravitated toward more conservative, less establishment candidates.

Will more “one percenters” exit the race in the coming weeks? Or will the remaining candidates all hold out until Iowa?

Jon Schweppe is Deputy Director of Communications for the American Principles Project.