The US Senator from South Carolina, Tim Scott, has officially announced the suspension of his seemingly short-lived 2020 presidential campaign. The once-promising presidential candidate has decided to drop out of the crowded race and instead turn his focus to his congressional reelection bid.
The news of the Tim Scott presidential primary bid suspension came as a surprise to many political observers. Although Senator Scott was never viewed as a frontrunner in the race, he did have some momentum in the early going and had been gaining traction with his diverse policy stances and personal background.
However, he failed to gain enough support to solidify his place amongst the top contenders. Currently, former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg are seen as the top contenders for the Democratic nomination.
Scott’s short-lived campaign spanned only six months and, according to the official announcement, was focused on “inspiring the American people to reach new heights and make the impossible possible.” During this time, Scott had sought to build a coalition of voters from all walks of life by emphasizing unity, compassion, and optimism.
Despite Scott’s strong message and optimistic outlook, he was unable to make a big enough impact on voters to reach the main stage of the presidential primaries. His withdrawal appears to be based on the realization that he had little chance of success and he did not want to waste resources on a lost cause.
To honor his commitment to the American people, Scott will now devote his attention to winning re-election to the US Senate, his current role. He is believed to be the favorite for the Republican nomination since he has the support of the state’s current governor, Henry McMaster, and the state’s GOP establishment.
Tim Scott’s 2020 presidential bid might have failed, but his message of unity and hope continues to resonate with voters throughout the country. Will his message lead him to victory in the upcoming Senate race? Only time will tell.