LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Senator Rand Paul has suspended his presidential campaign, according to a press release from his campaign office.
The written statement included in the news release is as follows:
"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.
Across the country thousands upon thousands of young people flocked to our message of limited government, privacy, criminal justice reform and a reasonable foreign policy. Brushfires of Liberty were ignited, and those will carry on, as will I.
Although, today I will suspend my campaign for President, the fight is far from over. I will continue to carry the torch for Liberty in the United States Senate and I look forward to earning the privilege to represent the people of Kentucky for another term."
The 52-year-old ophthalmologist now turns his attention to winning re-election to the U.S. Senate.
Paul is finishing his first term representing the Bluegrass State. He faces two Republican challengers in the primary. Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is one of several democrats vying to run against Paul for U.S. Senate.
Paul announced in a written statement that he's suspending his presidential bid and said he would continue to fight in the U-S Senate for limited government, privacy, criminal justice reform and a reasonable foreign policy.
Paul received 4.5 of the Republican vote in this week's Iowa caucuses, enough to earn him one delegate.
Paul had pushed for Kentucky to move to a caucus format for selecting its presidential nominee, because that was the only way he could be on the ballot as a candidate for president and U.S. Senate.
Kentucky Republicans will still caucus, for the first time, on March 5.
The next big question in the presidential race is which candidate will win Paul's endorsement.
Ky. Sen. Mitch McConnell released the following statement after Paul's announcement:
"Senator Paul is a uniquely talented conservative with an important message and an irrepressible will. He made an important contribution to the presidential campaign trail, and he brings that same spirit to his ongoing Senate race. Kentuckians need Rand Paul's voice in Washington, and I'm confident they'll continue to have it beyond November."
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