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.
When I first entered the Republican presidential primary field in June, I knew I was a dark horse candidate with a path to victory that would contain many obstacles. But as I traveled across the country, I met so many Americans who believed in my campaign’s message of unity and…
— Will Hurd (@WillHurd) October 9, 2023
“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.”