(Washington) US Senator Tim Scott withdrew Sunday evening from the race for the Republican nomination for the 2024 presidential election, becoming the latest rival of Donald Trump to throw in the towel.
This senator from South Carolina, who openly dreamed of becoming the first black Republican president in the history of the United States, failed to really get his campaign off the ground to climb into the leading pack of Republican aspirants.
Credited with sixth place for the Republican nomination, with 2.5% support according to the average of the latest polls compiled by the specialized site RealClearPolitics, Mr. Scott ended his campaign by saying that voters had sent him a clear message.
“I am suspending my campaign. I think the voters, who are the greatest people on this planet, are clear and saying to me, ‘not now Tim,'” he said Sunday night on the TV show “Sunday Night in America.” Fox News channel.
Playing on his Christian faith and conservative values, Tim Scott announced in May that he would officially launch the campaign for the Republican nomination last May after spending months visiting key states for his campaign.
He was one of the five candidates present at the third Republican televised debate last Wednesday, where favorite Donald Trump, boasting 58% support in his own political family despite his indictments, was once again conspicuous by his absence.
By withdrawing from the campaign, Tim Scott is following in the footsteps of former Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence, Mr. Trump’s most important rival to have thrown in the towel at the end of October.
Tim Scott affirmed on Sunday evening that he had no intention at this stage of being a possible running mate for the presidential election of November 5, 2024.
“Being vice president has never been on my agenda for this campaign and it is certainly not (an option, Editor’s note) at the moment,” he declared Sunday evening, refusing to support another candidate for the presidential election.
One year before the presidential election, polls place Donald Trump, favorite in the Republican primary, at the top of voting intentions in key states against the current president, Democrat Joe Biden.