Iowa claims first victim

2016-02-03 19:31
Senator Rand Paul. (Scott Applewhite, AP)

Senator Rand Paul. (Scott Applewhite, AP)

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Washington - US Senator Rand Paul suspended his campaign to win the Republican presidential nomination Wednesday after a poor showing in Iowa.

The 53-year-old Paul, who describes himself as a libertarian stressing individual rights and privacy, finished fifth in the Iowa caucuses on Monday with 4.5% of the vote.

"It's been an incredible honour to run a principled campaign for the White House. Today, I will end where I began, ready and willing to fight for the cause of Liberty," Paul said in a statement.

"I will continue to carry the torch for Liberty in the United States Senate and I look forward to earning the privilege to represent the people of Kentucky for another term."

Paul's removal leaves the Republican field still crowded with 10 White House hopefuls.

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