Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, a Republican candidate for president, has suspended his campaign after failing to qualify for the recent Republican debate, held last week.
The 45-year-old Hispanic mayor is first to drop from Republican nomination. That leaves 12 Republicans, three Democrats, and one third-party candidate running for president in 2024.
“While I have decided to suspend my campaign for President, my commitment to making this a better nation for every American remains,” Suarez posted on X/Twitter on Tuesday. “I will continue to amplify the voices of the Hispanic community – the fastest-growing voting group in our country. The Left has taken Hispanics for granted for far too long, and it is no surprise that so many are finding a home in America’s conservative movement. Our party must continue doing more to include and attract this vibrant community that believes in our country’s foundational values: faith, family, hard work and freedom.”
The next Republican debate is Sept. 27 and will take place in Simi Valley, Calif. at the Ronald Reagan Foundation and Institute. So far, eight Republicans are vying to be in the debate if they can make the criteria, which includes receiving at least 3% in two national polls, or 3% in a national poll and 3% in two other polls conducted from two nominating states, such as Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. To qualify, they also need at least 50,000 donors, which would include 200 unique donors in 20 states or territories.
It’s unlikely that Donald Trump will take part in the second debate, having skipped the first one that was held this month in Milwaukee, Wisc.