Tim Scott drops out of race mere hours after girlfriend reveal
Tim Scott, a 2024 GOP contender for president, dropped out of the race.
His campaign failed to take off, and rumours swirled after he refused to reveal his girlfriend’s identity.
He had aimed to become the first African-American GOP presidential candidate.
Tim Scott, a GOP senator from South Carolina, dropped out of the 2024 presidential race, ending his plans to become the first African-American to secure the Republican nomination.
“I love America more today than I did on 22 May,” Scott told Fox News Channel’s Sunday Night in America with Trey Gowdy, citing the date he launched his candidacy.
“But when I go back to Iowa, it will not be as a presidential candidate. I am suspending my campaign. I think the voters who are the most remarkable people on the planet have been really clear that they’re telling me, ‘Not now, Tim’.”
NBC News reported that Scott’s decision to end his campaign came as a surprise to his staffers, who only found out after watching his interview on TV.
Scott entered the race with a message of hope and optimism, and attracted big-money donors early on.
But his campaign lagged behind that of his Republican rivals, and all of the GOP’s 2024 candidates have struggled to overcome Donald Trump’s polling lead.
Still, the South Carolina senator did build up a considerable war chest. Scott’s campaign attracted $22 million in donations before his announcement and received substantial backing from Larry Ellison, the cofounder of Oracle Corporation.
The tech billionaire poured $35 million into the senator’s super PAC, Opportunity Matters Fund.
He has sought to make history as the first African-American GOP presidential candidate, and described on the campaign trail his grandfather’s job as a sharecropper in the Deep South, and his own poor upbringing before becoming the GOP’s only Black senator.
“I know America is a land of opportunity, not a land of oppression. I know it because I’ve lived it,” he said in an early campaign video.
Scott told Fox News’ Trey Gowdy Sunday that he had no plans of endorsing another candidate for the Republican primary.
A spokesperson for Scott’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.