Presidential Candidate Pulls the Plug

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( – Acknowledging the challenges he faced in gaining traction in a competitive Republican field, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum announced the suspension of his presidential campaign on Monday.

In his statement, Burgum expressed his deep commitment to the American people and his concerns about the integrity of the media and political institutions but affirmed his enduring trust in America’s democratic foundations.

“We are deeply grateful for each and every person who supported us with their ideas, prayers, advocacy, encouragement and enthusiasm,” Burgum, a 67-year-old multimillionaire, stated, reflecting on the support he received during his campaign.

The decision to halt his campaign was communicated to senior staff over the weekend, with the rest of the team informed in a subsequent comprehensive call, according to a source familiar with the campaign’s inner workings. In a considerate gesture, Burgum has ensured that his campaign team will continue to receive their salaries through the holiday season.

Burgum’s campaign highlighted his significant role in shaping energy policy debates. His team also voiced criticism of the Republican National Committee’s debate qualification criteria, questioning its relevance to the qualifications necessary for presidential duties.

Having participated in the first two Republican debates, Burgum did not qualify for the third debate in Miami and was not expected to make the cut for the upcoming fourth debate in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Despite the odds, Burgum had previously expressed his intention to stay in the race at least until the Iowa caucuses on January 15 and the New Hampshire primaries on January 23. He aimed to surpass low expectations in these early-voting states.

In his debate appearances, Burgum was a vocal advocate for energy issues and the threat posed by China, at times drawing caution from moderators for his assertive interjections.

Polling data showed Burgum had limited support nationally and in key early-voting states, as reported by RealClearPolitics. He averaged 0.6% nationally, with slightly higher figures in Iowa and New Hampshire but lower in South Carolina.

The campaign’s decision to provide financial support to the team through December reflects Burgum’s commitment to his staff, as they were informed of the campaign’s suspension and plans moving forward.