Lindsey Graham has suspended his long-shot bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
“While we have run a campaign that has made a real difference, I have concluded this is not my time,” the senator from South Carolina said in a video message emailed to supporters Monday morning.
Graham struggled to gain traction throughout the race, even as his signature issue, foreign policy, took center stage in recent weeks. But in the video, Graham signaled that he will still be outspoken on national security issues during the 2016 campaign.
“I will continue to work every day to ensure our party, and our nation, takes on this fight,” Graham said. “I’m suspending my campaign, but never my commitment to achieving security through strength for the American people.”
Graham failed to qualify for the main stage in any of the five Republican presidential debates, and even missed the cut for the undercard event during the November debate in Milwaukee.
Graham is the fourth Republican to exit the race for the White House this year, joining former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Another 13 candidates are still seeking the party’s nomination.