Sen. Tim Scott announced on Sunday that he is suspending his campaign for president. The South Carolina senator made the announcement on Fox News on Sunday, and it evidently was unknown to even his own campaign staff.
“I love America more today than I did on May 22nd, but when I go back to Iowa, it will not be as a presidential candidate. I am suspending my campaign,” Scott told Trey Gowdy on “Sunday Night in America with Trey Gowdy.
“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 said.
Scott filed for president in mid-May. His withdrawal comes at the same time the Republican National Committee has increased its requirements for candidates to take part in the fourth Republican presidential debate.
To qualify for the fourth debate, which is Dec. 6 in Tuscaloosa, Ala., candidates must get at least 6% in two approved national polls, or 6% in one poll from two separate early-voting states: Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, according to the Republican National Committee. Participants also need to show at least 80,000 unique donors, with at least 200 unique donors per state or territory, in 20 or more states. Candidates have until 48 hours before the debate to satisfy the requirements.