Former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson ends 2024 presidential campaign after Iowa

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By Sofia Mendes, WEBN Reporter

Former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced that he is ending his presidential campaign Tuesday morning, following a sixth-place finish and only 191 votes statewide in the Iowa caucuses Monday night. 

Although Hutchinson was polling in the single digits, he told the crowd at a campaign stop just two days before the caucuses that he “worked very hard during this campaign to keep expectations low” and considered Iowa to be “an opportunity to exceed expectations.” 

Hutchinson also told The Des Moines Register in early January that he wanted to surpass expectations and beat Vivek Ramaswamy in Iowa. Ramaswamy, who finished in fourth, suspended his campaign Monday night. 

Hutchinson was the first GOP candidate to openly criticize Former President Donald Trump. “I’m the only candidate in this race that hasn’t promised a pardon during this campaign for Donald Trump and that says something,” Hutchinson told WEBN just a few days before the caucuses. 

Entering the race with a decadeslong resume working for presidents such as Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, Hutchinson emphasized his experience stating, “I was in Congress the last time we balanced the budget in our country. I’m the only one that’s been head of the DEA and had to address the opioid crisis in America.” 

His campaign focused on traditional conservative policies, something Hutchinson said Trump has strayed away from, but he failed to resonate with Republican voters. “My message of being a principled Republican with experience and telling the truth about the current front-runner did not sell in Iowa,” Hutchinson said in a statement. 

The former governor has yet to endorse another candidate as eyes shift to New Hampshire’s Republican Primary just next week.