The pack is thinning and Trump is leading the charge in the 2024 presidential race.
In a surprising turn of events, Larry Elder, a Republican presidential candidate, has decided to suspend his campaign and has thrown his support behind former President Donald Trump.
This development has added a new twist to the upcoming election, making it even more intriguing.
Larry Elder, who was considered a long shot for the presidency, made the announcement on Thursday evening. He expressed deep gratitude towards his supporters and highlighted their unwavering enthusiasm and grassroots support.
Elder stated that after a thorough assessment of his campaign's standing and the overall state of the race, he felt it was a "difficult decision" to suspend his campaign.
Elder's campaign was marked by his firm beliefs on several pressing issues, Fox News reported.
He consistently emphasized the crisis of fatherlessness in America, the misconception that the country is systemically racist, and the need for a constitutional amendment to set federal spending to a fixed percentage of the GDP. He also voiced concerns about certain district attorneys across the nation who, according to him, were not enforcing the law.
The candidate was particularly vocal about the breakdown of family structures and the absence of positive father figures in many children's lives.
He believed these issues had far-reaching consequences, including the current crime wave in America. Elder expressed hope that his campaign had brought attention to these critical societal problems and initiated meaningful discussions on potential solutions.
Larry Elder's political journey has been quite eventful. Before his presidential bid, he was known as a conservative talk radio host. He had also previously contested as a recall candidate aiming to replace Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom.
Elder's decision to run for the presidency was driven by what he described as a "moral, religious, and patriotic duty."
Elder's campaign faced its share of challenges. In August, he made headlines when he threatened to sue the Republican National Committee (RNC) for excluding him from the first GOP debate.
The RNC's justification was that Elder hadn't met the required threshold in terms of individual donors and polling. Elder, however, believed that the RNC was deliberately trying to silence him.
He once remarked, "For some reason, the establishment leaders at the RNC are afraid of having my voice on the debate stage."
Despite these controversies, recent polls indicated that Elder's support remained quite low, fluctuating between 0-1%.
In his announcement, Larry Elder urged Republicans to unite behind Donald Trump as their presidential candidate. He praised Trump's leadership, emphasizing the former president's commitment to conservative, America-first principles.
Elder believes these principles have significantly benefited the nation.
Elder's endorsement statement read, "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."
He also took the opportunity to express his gratitude to his supporters, volunteers, and donors.