This will obviously change some things… it could be huge.
The Iowa caucus is famous not only for showing who the most popular candidates in the presidential election are, but also for showing who the least popular candidates are, and 2016 is no exception.
On caucus night, Democrat candidate Martin O’Malley and Republican candidate Mike Huckabee both threw in the towel before all the ballots were in, recognizing that they didn’t have a chance of winning.
Though Paul insisted on caucus night that he was going to remain in the race despite his low numbers, he reportedly concluded the following morning that realistically he had almost no chance of winning.
“It’s been an incredible honor to run a principled campaign for the White House,” Paul said in a statement to his staff. “Today, I will end where I began, ready and willing to fight for the cause of Liberty.”
Paul has had a hard time appealing to voters in a campaign dominated by foreign policy and candidates promising to “Bomb the s*** out of ISIS.” Paul’s more isolationist foreign policy put him at odds with the rest of the GOP field, and with the voters.
In most national polls Paul had less than 5 precent support. Though that is a small number, if all those supporters went to only one of the top three candidates (Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Marco Rubio), it could be enough to change their national ranking prior to the New Hampshire primary next week — which may have been exactly what Rand Paul had in mind by dropping out this early in the season.