Will Hurd, former Republican candidate for president and Texas representative, has withdrawn his bid to the White House. He now supports one of his rivals for the GOP nomination.
Hurd, a former CIA agent and three-term congressman who ran a challenging campaign for the Republican nomination in 2024 launched in June announced via social media on Monday that “it was clear to me that there was a need to suspend our campaign.”
Following Mayor Francis Suarez of Miami, Florida, who dropped out in August, he’s the second Republican to do so.
Hurd is a vocal critic of Donald Trump, who has been the frontrunner for the GOP’s third consecutive White House run. Nikki Haley.
“Our country needs a leader who can bring us all together and guide us through the challenges that we face, particularly in terms of our national security. Hurd stated that Ambassador Nikki Haley is the best candidate to achieve this goal in this race. He wrote an email to supporters and posted on X (formerly Twitter ):
Hurd stated, “Haley served as the ambassador to the United Nations during the first two years of the Trump administration.” She has “demonstrated a willingness to understand the complexity of foreign policy and a unique understanding.” “I fully endorse Ambassador Haley and look forward to supporting her during the remainder of this campaign. ”
Haley wrote in response to Hurd’s endorsement on social media that “America is at a crossroads and it’s time to unite to make Joe Biden a one-term president.” “Thank you, Will Hurd, for your support and confidence. We have a country to save. ”
Haley’s poll numbers have risen thanks to her positive performances in the first two Republican Presidential Debates. According to recent polls, Haley is only second to Trump in New Hampshire – the state where the GOP primary elections are held – and South Carolina – the home of the southern contest –
Hurd did not meet the Republican National Committee thresholds of polling and donations for candidates to be able to participate in debates.
Hurd has decided to not run for reelection again in 2020. He was the only Black Republican in Congress for part of his tenure.
Hurd attracted national media attention last year during a book tour for “American Reboot: An Idealist’s Guide to Getting Big Things Done”. Hurd’s book encouraged his party members and gave suggestions on how to reform America’s system of politics to remain competitive with China and other countries.
For some political pundits, Hurd’s autobiography — a memoir about his childhood growing up in Texas with a Black father and a White mother, and his CIA and Congress career — was a roadmap for a possible White House run in 2024.
Hurd began his presidential campaign by attacking Trump. He stated at the time that “the GOP would lose to Democrats if Donald Trump were the nominee.”
Hurd stated this four months after his withdrawal, “if Donald Trump or other personalities jockeying for attention by mimicking his divisive, crass behavior, we will win.”
He stated, “While I am grateful for the time and efforts our supporters have made, it is important to acknowledge the reality of the current political scene and to realize the need to consolidate our Party in order to defeat Donald Trump and Vice President Biden.” “I encourage donors, voters, and other candidates to unite around an alternative candidate in opposition to Trump.”
Hurd said in a press release that he reflected on the campaign he ran for president, and noted that “In only 14 weeks we were able to match many other candidates with a higher level of name recognition and financial advantages.” “I am grateful to those who supported me and made this possible.”