Emily Goodin | Rand Paul pulls the plug

Emily Goodin, Real Clear Politics:

Rand Paul suspended his White House bid on Wednesday after placing fifth in Iowa’s caucuses.

“It’s been an incredible honor to run a principled campaign for the White House. Today, I will end where I began, ready and willing to fight for the cause of Liberty,” he said in a statement.

“Although, today I will suspend my campaign for President, the fight is far from over. I will continue to carry the torch for Liberty in the United States Senate and I look forward to earning the privilege to represent the people of Kentucky for another term.”

The freshman senator was once considered a potentially strong presidential contender, mainly based on his father’s popularity with the libertarian segment of the Republican Party. Former Rep. Ron Paul had an intense grassroots following in the 2008 and 2012 presidential races but could never translate that into a primary win. Sen. Rand Paul was seen as a more mainstream candidate who had the potential to combine his father’s followers with the party faithful.

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