Rand Paul Drops Out of 2016 Presidential Race

By Lyndsay Monsen 2/3/2016

Official PortraitKentucky Sen. Rand Paul has officially dropped out of the presidential race, unable to get America’s attention away from the front-runners in the overly crowded GOP field.

In his statement Wednesday morning, he said, “It has 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.”

Paul’s campaign focused on rejecting American political dynasties, saying he wanted to “take our country back.” That statement was, however, overshadowed by the popular Donald Trump, with his slogan promising to “Make America Great Again!”

Paul consistently performed poorly in the polls, and at the Iowa Caucus Monday night he finished in fifth place, with just 4.5 percent of the vote.

Close sources have said that fundraising was also a part of the issue; they were struggling to receive the funds they needed to keep the campaign going.

Paul plans on focusing his attention to his Senate re-election in Kentucky, where he is expected to win. “I look forward to earning the privilege to represent the people of Kentucky for another term,” Paul said.

Paul’s spokesman has said that he does not plan to make an endorsement before next week’s New Hampshire primary.