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    Rand Paul dropping out of presidential race

    First on CNN: Rand Paul dropping out of presidential race

    By John King, Manu Raju and Mark Preston, CNN
    Updated 12:27 PM ET, Wed February 3, 2016 | Video Source: CNN

    (CNN)Rand Paul, the libertarian-minded freshman senator who was once viewed as a formidable presidential contender, is suspending his White House bid.

    Paul discussed the matter with staff Wednesday morning and sent out a statement confirming the decision to drop out of the Republican presidential primary.

    "It's been an incredible honor to run a principled campaign for the White House," Paul said in the statement. "Today, I will end where I began, ready and willing to fight for the cause of Liberty."


    Paul, a Kentucky Republican, is expected to instead place his focus squarely on his Senate reelection bid, where he faces a wealthy Democrat, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, who has the money to partially finance his campaign.


    Paul finished a disappointing fifth place in Monday's Iowa caucuses, registering just 4.5% of the vote despite placing a heavy emphasis on the state's college towns to bring out younger voters inspired by his libertarian-minded message. He promised that night to continue his campaign.


    Paul will not make an endorsement in the GOP presidential race before next week's New Hampshire primary, his spokesman Sergio Gor told CNN.


    Sources close to Paul said a review of their results made clear to Paul that there was not a viable path to winning the Republican nomination and that fund-raising was becoming extremely difficult.


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    Indeed, as the New Hampshire primary approaches, where his father Ron Paul won 23% of the vote in 2012, polls have found the younger Paul struggling to gain traction.


    Paul's calls for a less aggressive foreign policy, which his critics have dubbed as "isolationist," failed to connect with GOP voters at a time of growing national security fears.

    Moreover, Paul had a hard time reestablishing his father's libertarian coalition because he had sought to broaden his appeal to more establishment-minded Republicans, hurting his credibility with some in his core base of supporters.


    Dropping out this early is a disappointment for Paul. He had engineered a major change in Kentucky's primary system to allow him to run for two offices at the same time, a move aimed at circumventing a prohibition in state law prohibiting candidates from doing so. The state party agreed to change its traditional paper ballot primary to a caucus system in early March, in order to let him avoid the restriction that he couldn't appear on the ballot twice.


    Still, as he now focuses on his Senate race, he remains the heavy favorite in a state that has grown increasingly red.

    "The Democrat Party in Kentucky has been very wounded by President Obama," Paul told CNN Sunday when asked if he were concerned about Gray's candidacy.

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    Mike Huckabee drops out of 2016 presidential race

    By Eric Bradner and Mark Preston, CNN
    Updated 9:21 AM ET, Tue February 2, 2016 |

    (CNN)Mike Huckabee is dropping his presidential campaign after a weak showing in the Iowa caucuses that he had won eight years earlier.

    "I am officially suspending my campaign," the former Arkansas governor tweeted Monday night. "Thank you for all your loyal support. #ImWithHucK"


    Huckabee's decision to suspend the campaign was not planned, but after seeing the results he decided it was best to step out of the race.

    "He is going to continue to push for the issues he believes, but right now this is about thanking his staff and supporters and being with his friends and families and see what doors will open next," said Hogan Gidley, Huckabee's spokesman.


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    Huckabee is "not even thinking about an endorsement at this time," Gidley added.

    For Huckabee, it is a disappointing end to what could be his last bid for public office by the second-most famous politician from Hope, Arkansas.


    A 60-year-old Southern Baptist minister, Huckabee first entered office in 1993, when he won a special election for lieutenant governor of Arkansas -- a job that opened up as part of the domino effect of Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton being elected president.


    He became governor in 1996, when Clinton's former lieutenant governor Jim Guy Tucker was convicted as part of the Whitewater controversy. He was elected to four-year terms of his own in 1998 and again in 2002.


    He attracted his share of controversy during his 2016 bid -- most notably by denouncing President Barack Obama's Iran nuclear deal by declaring, in a reference to the Holocaust, that Obama "will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven."

    Huckabee had tried in recent weeks to chip into Cruz's lead among socially conservative voters, questioning the freshman Texas senator's commitment to causes important to them.


    "Ted Cruz has changed his positions on ethanol, immigration, H-1B visas. He's changed it on whether marriage is a state or a federal issue. He's changed it on whether he's going to be a real champion for religious liberty or whether that's going to be way down the road and it's not important," Huckabee told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day" last week.


    But he couldn't gain enough steam to fend off Cruz or Trump -- who, in a brash appeal to the same people whose support Huckabee needed, plans to campaign Wednesday in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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