United States Senator Tim Scott has officially ended his 2024 presidential bid within the Republican party. Despite being the sole Black Republican in the Senate, Scott faced challenges in gaining traction, consistently polling in sixth place among primary candidates with a mere 2.5 percent of the vote.
On Sunday evening, Scott announced his decision to suspend the campaign during an interview with Fox News. He emphasized that this move was prompted by feedback from voters, stating, “I am suspending my campaign. I think the voters who are the most remarkable people on the planet have been really clear that they’re telling me: ‘Not now Tim.’”
The 58-year-old South Carolina lawmaker, who entered the race in May, positioned himself as a staunch conservative with an optimistic vision aimed at healing the deep political divisions in the United States. Despite these efforts, Scott struggled to compete in a crowded Republican field, overshadowed by the enduring popularity of former President Donald Trump, who continues to lead in polls despite facing legal challenges.
Scott also ruled out the possibility of joining any rival campaigns as a running mate, asserting, “Being vice president has never been on my to-do list for this campaign, and it’s certainly not there now.”
Scott’s exit follows the recent suspension of former Vice President Mike Pence’s campaign, further highlighting the competitive challenges within the Republican primary. When asked about endorsements, Scott declined to immediately support any specific candidate, urging voters to thoroughly study each contender and make informed decisions for the future of the country.