Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has suspended his campaign on the eve of the deadline to remove his name from his home state’s primary ballot. Graham’s campaign failed to generate much enthusiasm among Republican voters despite his strong stance on tackling terrorism abroad. He expressed his hawkish position via a video message recently.
Four months ago at the very first debate, I said that any candidate that did not understand that we need more American troops on the ground in Iraq and Syria to defeat ISIL wasn’t ready to be commander-in-chief.
While Graham could point to strong conservative credentials on many issues, his fatal flaw, as I noted in his bio, was a focus on immigration reform that went awry of anti-amnesty conservatives. So lackluster was Graham’s support that he never qualified for the main stage in any GOP debate so far and even failed to make the undercard in the Fox Business/WSJ Republican debate last month.
His exit will have no measurable affect on the legitimate contenders’ chances in the GOP nomination battle. Graham’s polling numbers remained in the low single-digits for the duration of his campaign, so no one stands to benefit much by gaining his supporters. The GOP nomination field remains swollen and bloated even with the senator’s decision yesterday. Thirteen Republicans are still officially in the running for the nomination. All but 3 or 4 have any chance at winning, and, in my opinion, all but 5 or 6 should already be gone.