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Asa Hutchinson, Arkansas’ former governor, suspended his campaign for president on Tuesday — a day after finishing sixth in the Iowa Republican caucuses.
Hutchinson, who began his long-shot campaign right after leaving the Governor’s Mansion at the start of last year, struggled to gain a foothold with voters, but he received some national attention for candidness in discussing and criticizing former President Donald Trump, who won Monday’s caucuses in Iowa.
Hutchinson in a Tuesday morning statement congratulated Trump and said he was driving back to Arkansas.
“My message of being a principled Republican with experience and telling the truth about the current front runner did not sell in Iowa,” Hutchinson said. “I stand by the campaign I ran. I answered every question, sounded the warning to the GOP about the risks in 2024 and presented hope for our country’s future.
“Susan and I are blessed beyond measure, and we are grateful for the opportunity to have fought in the political arena for America.”
Hutchinson didn’t issue an endorsement for any of the remaining GOP candidates.
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