U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham Drops Out Of 2016 GOP Race For President, Highlight Hollywood News

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South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is suspending his presidential run, he told supporters on a conference call Monday.   His announcement came on the same day as the deadline hit for him to remove his name from the South Carolina primary ballot, a date that had been closely watched amid speculation that the low-polling Graham would want to avoid a potentially poor performance in his own state’s contest.“I was hoping not to have to make this call, but I think the time has come for me to suspend my campaign,” he said as he opened the call.

His latest RealClearPolitics national polling average is only .5 percent. In New Hampshire, the state in which Graham has made the biggest efforts, campaigning there as recently as this weekend with ally John McCain, Graham’s average is 0 percent. Graham’s exiting of the race comes just weeks before the next Republican presidential debate comes to his home state, on Jan. 14.

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By leaving now, he frees up some South Carolina donors and operatives, who had either been backing Graham or staying neutral out of deference to the state’s senior senator. He also positions himself as a kingmaker in the Feb. 20 South Carolina primary.  However, it’s certain he won’t back Trump or Cruz.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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