Former U.S. Rep. Will Hurd has officially dropped out of the presidential race and endorsed Nikki Haley.

Hurd’s campaign has sputtered ever since its launch in June, with the three-term congressman failing to qualify for any of the Republican presidential debates.

He made the announcement in a post on X, in which he blamed other candidates’ higher name ID and cash advantage.

“Unfortunately, it has become clear to me and my team that the time has come to suspend our campaign,” said Hurd. “While I appreciate all the time and energy our supporters have given, it is important to recognize the realities of the political landscape and the need to consolidate our party around one person to defeat both Donald Trump and President Biden.”

Hurd urged his supporters to instead back former South Carolina Governor and United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley:

Our nation deserves a leader who can unite us and navigate the complex challenges we face, particularly when it comes to our national security. I believe Ambassador Nikki Haley is the best person in this race to do that. Ambassador Haley has shown a willingness to articulate a different vision for the country than Donald Trump and has an unmatched grasp on the complexities of our foreign policy. I wholeheartedly endorse Ambassador Haley and look forward to supporting her for the remainder of this race.

Trump, who has been the frontrunner in the race, took to Truth Social to blast Hurd after his departure from the race, calling him “a nasty and jealous guy, who truly doesn’t have what it takes.”

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Senior Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens

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