Talk radio host Larry Elder has suspended his campaign for the Republican presidential primary Thursday and endorsed former President Donald Trump, Fox News reported. Elder only managed to gain 0-1% support and didn't qualify for the August GOP debate.
Elder released a statement thanking his backers, noting it was a "difficult decision" to drop out of the race. He immediately said in his announcement he would be supporting Trump for the nomination.
The conservative, who previously campaigned for the recall of California Gov. Gavin Newsom, believed "the biggest issues facing our nation are the crisis of fatherlessness, the dangerous lie that America is systemically racist, the need for an amendment to the constitution to set federal spending to a fixed percentage of the GDP." Elder also noted that the government grew under both parties and that "Soros-backed DAs" must go.
"The breakdown of the family structure and the absence of positive father figures in the lives of many children have far-reaching consequences for our society, including the crime wave we are currently seeing in America today. I hope that my campaign has helped shine a light on these critical issues and sparked important conversations about how we can solve them," Elder continued.
His statement also made it clear that he believes Trump is the best hope for the Republican Party going forward. "Now that I am exiting the race, I am proud to announce my endorsement of Donald Trump for President of the United States," Elder said in his statement.
"His leadership has been instrumental in advancing conservative, America-first principles and policies that have benefited our great nation. We must unite behind Donald Trump to beat Joe Biden and fight back against Biden’s unprecedented election interference and the left’s destruction of America," Elder added.
"I want to thank my supporters, volunteers, and donors who invested their time, energy, and resources in this campaign. From Iowa to New Hampshire to Nevada and beyond, I am grateful for the opportunity to have met so many incredible Americans who share our values," Elder said.
His campaign officially launched in April, with Elder calling it his "moral, religious and a patriotic duty." His campaign never really gained steam as Elder didn't secure many donors and continued to poll very low.
Based on these facts, the Republican National Committee refused to let Elder participate in the already-crowded August debate. Elder believed he was being silenced and threatened a lawsuit against the RNC.
"I said from the beginning that it appeared the rules of the game were rigged, little did we know just how rigged it is. For some reason, the establishment leaders at the RNC are afraid of having my voice on the debate stage," Elder said on X, formerly Twitter.
Although Elder didn't have much support to begin with, it's a positive sign for Trump that there is some consolidation in the field. A recent Morning Consult poll revealed that Trump is favored at 62%, with his closest rival, Gov. Ron DeSantis, only at 13%.
Trump is also gaining on President Joe Biden in several states. Trump has the lead in battleground states such as Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia, and Arizona. Biden still has Nevada, but the two are tied in Michigan.
The problem for Biden is that the economy is tanking, the political climate abroad is increasingly unstable, and Americans can feel it in their bones that they're worse off than they were under Trump. Biden will have to make the impossible case that somehow what they're living every day isn't reality.
By dropping out of the race and supporting Trump, Elder has advanced the former president that much closer to the nomination. Other candidates in his position should follow suit soon to put the money and enthusiasm where it's needed most -- in beating Biden.