Republican Black Candidate Scott Withdraws From US Presidential Race

US Senator Tim Scott announced his withdrawal from the US presidential campaign on Sunday, citing voters’ unambiguous message of “not now.”

The South Carolina senator, who was vying to become the party’s first Black Republican president, has been battling to stand out in a crowded field.

According to the RealClearPolitics average of recent major opinion surveys, the 58-year-old polled sixth among Republican primary contenders, with barely 2.5 percent of the vote.

“I am suspending my campaign. 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,’” he told the Fox News program “Sunday Night in America.”

Scott officially announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination in May, after months of traveling to states deemed critical to garnering early momentum in the race.

Throughout his campaign, he emphasized his Christian religion and the conservative ideals he learned growing up in a low-income, single-parent household.

Scott was one of five Republicans who took part in the third televised Republican debate last Wednesday, during which rivals for the party’s nomination sparred over Ukraine, China, abortion, and the party’s future direction.

Former President Donald Trump, who leads the field by a wide margin with 58.5 percent of the vote, was conspicuously absent from the platform.

Scott stated that he had no desire to be a running partner for any of the other candidates.

“Being vice president has never been on my to-do list for this campaign, and it’s certainly not there now.”

He also refrained from publicly endorsing any of the remaining candidates.

“I’m going to recommend that the voters study each candidate and their candidacies and frankly their past and make the best decision for the future of their country,” he said.

“The best way for me to be helpful is not weigh in on who they should endorse.”

 

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