Republican Tim Scott Suspends Presidential Campaign
Summary from the AllSides News Team
GOP hopeful and South Carolina Senator Tim Scott announced he is suspending his presidential campaign.
The Details: Scott made the announcement in a TV interview on Fox News (Right bias) with host and longtime friend Trey Gowdy. The announcement reportedly came as a shock to his campaign team and close allies. Scott confirmed a statement he made earlier in the race, that he is not looking to be a vice presidential pick, and did not endorse any other candidates in the race. BBC (Center bias) said some major donors who supported Scott’s candidacy are now shifting their allegiance to former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.
For Context: Scott announced his candidacy in May, but never exceeded single digits in the polls. Scott backed into the third GOP debate, qualifying much later than his opponents, and remained at risk of not reaching the higher thresholds required for the next one. Less than 30 minutes before making the announcement on air, his campaign sent out a fundraising email with the subject line “One last chance.”
Key Quotes: Scott, in conversation with Gowdy, said, “When I go back to Iowa it will not be as a presidential candidate,” adding, “The voters, who are the most remarkable people on the planet… They’re telling me, ‘not now, Tim.’ I don't think they’re saying ‘no.’ But I do think they're saying ‘not now.’ So I’m going to respect the voters.”
How The Media Covered It: Sources across the spectrum covered the announcement similarly. Update 11/13/23 3:49 p.m. ET: Corrected grammar on Scott's quote to Gowdy.
Featured Coverage of this Story
From the LeftTim Scott suspends his presidential campaign
Sen. Tim Scott announced on Sunday that he is suspending his presidential campaign.
The South Carolina Republican senator made the announcement in a televised interview on Fox News with his longtime friend Trey Gowdy. The news came as a shock to his own staff. Multiple campaign staff members confirmed to POLITICO that they had no prior knowledge of Scott’s decision before he did so on live television.
“When I go back to Iowa it will not be as a presidential candidate,” Scott said to a seemingly surprised Gowdy, who raised his eyebrows....
From the CenterUS Republican Senator Tim Scott pulls out of presidential campaign
US Republican Senator Tim Scott from South Carolina has dropped out of the 2024 presidential race.
He had hoped to become the first African-American to secure the Republican nomination.
He told Fox News: "I think the voters, who are the most remarkable people on the planet, have been really clear that they're telling me: 'Not now, Tim.'"
Although Tim Scott was very well funded, he failed to make an appreciable impact in opinion polls.
He has not endorsed any of the remaining candidates and he ruled out running for vice-president....
From the RightTim Scott suspends 2024 presidential campaign after failing to gain any ground on Trump in polls
Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) unexpectedly announced Sunday night that he was suspending his 2024 presidential campaign, as polls showed him failing to gain traction in a race increasingly dominated by former President Donald Trump.
“When I go back to Iowa, it will not be as a presidential candidate,” Scott told his fellow South Carolinian, former Rep. Trey Gowdy, on Fox News’ “Sunday Night in America.”
“I am suspending my campaign,” Scott added. “I think the voters, who are the most remarkable people on the planet, have been really clear — they’re telling me, ‘Not...