U.S. Senator Rand Paul ends Republican bid for president

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U.S. Senator Rand Paul, who received only four percent of the vote during Monday’s Republican caucuses in Iowa, says he is ending his campaign for president.

“It’s been an incredible honor to run a principled campaign for the White House. Today, I will end where I began, ready and willing to fight for the cause of Liberty,” he said in a statement. “Although today I will suspend my campaign for President, the fight is far from over.”

Paul, in the statement, said he will “continue to carry the torch for Liberty” while serving in the U.S. Senate and said he hopes to be re-elected for another term by the people of Kentucky. “Brushfires of Liberty were ignited, and those will carry on, as will I,” he said.

Paul announced his presidential campaign in April 2015 after years of speculation and at times achieved modest support in Republican polls, but the Senator from Kentucky failed to appeal to a significant number of voters. During Monday’s caucuses in Iowa, Paul received only 4.5 percent of the votes.

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