Republican presidential candidate former Rep. Will Hurd of Texas is ending his long-shot bid for the White House and endorsing one of his rivals for the GOP nomination.
Hurd, a former CIA spy turned three-term congressman who in June launched an uphill bid for the 2024 Republican nomination announced on social media Monday that “it has become clear to me and my team that the time has come to suspend our campaign.”
He becomes the second Republican presidential candidate to call it quits, following Mayor Francis Suarez of Miami, Florida, who dropped out of the race in August.
And Hurd – a vocal critic of former President Donald Trump, who’s the commanding front-runner for the GOP nomination as he makes his third straight White House run – endorsed former ambassador and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.
“Our nation deserves a leader who can unite us and navigate the complex challenges we face, particularly when it comes to our national security. I believe Ambassador Nikki Haley is the best person in this race to do that,” Hurd wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter, and in an email to supporters.
Hurd emphasized that Haley, who served as ambassador to the United Nations during the first two years of the Trump administration, “has shown a willingness to articulate a different vision for the country than Donald Trump and has an unmatched grasp on the complexities of our foreign policy. I wholeheartedly endorse Ambassador Haley and look forward to supporting her for the remainder of this race.”
Responding to Hurd’s endorsement, Haley wrote in a social media posting that “America is at a crossroads and it’s time to come together and make Joe Biden a one-term president. Thank you @WillHurd for your support and confidence. We have a country to save!”
Haley, thanks in part to well received performances in the first two Republican presidential debates, has been rising in the polls and is now second to Trump in some of the latest surveys in New Hampshire – which holds the first primary and second overall contest in the GOP nomination calendar – and her home state of South Carolina, which holds the first southern contest.
Hurd, who garnered little support in the GOP nomination surveys, failed to reach the polling and donor thresholds mandated by the Republican National Committee for candidates to make the stage at the debates.
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