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Christian Candidate Quits Presidential Race

by | Mon, Oct 30 2023

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Christian candidate Mike Pence has effectively pulled out of the race to be the Republican nominee for US President in the 2024 election which is just over a year away. The former vice president has officially suspended his campaign amid flagging support and fading funds as his former boss Donald Trump continues to dominate the Republican primary.

“The Bible tells us that there’s a time for every purpose under Heaven. In traveling across the country over the past six months, I came here to say it’s become clear to me: this is not my time. So, after much prayer and deliberation, I have decided to suspend my campaign for president effective today,” he told the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC)’s annual Leadership Summit in Las Vegas.

Mr. Pence who acknowledged he “always knew this would be an uphill battle,” added that while he was leaving the 2024 race, he would “never leave the fight for conservative values, and I will never stop fighting to elect principled Republican leaders to every office in the land, so help me God. I have no regrets. The only thing that would have been harder than coming up short would have been if we never tried at all.”

His spokesperson Devin O’Malley said the former vice president and Indiana governor decided to announce the suspension of his campaign at the RJC gathering because “the conflict in Israel is a microcosm of what Mr. Pence has been evangelising regarding populism and traditional conservative values. The Leadership Summit provided him one last opportunity to make that case, and do so in front of a supportive audience.”

Mr. Pence has struggled to raise enough money during his campaign, with his most recent filing showing that he ended September with A$1.85 million in hand and A$980,000 in debt. After announcing his presidential run on June 7 in Iowa, he has failed to gain traction even in that heavily evangelical state and was not expected to garner enough support to qualify for the third GOP primary debate in Miami on November 8.

He’s the first Republican candidate to drop out of the packed 2024 Republican presidential primary field in which Mr. Trump has at least a 60% share of the support according to multiple polls.