Former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence made a significant announcement on Saturday, revealing his decision to withdraw from the 2024 U.S. presidential race.
Pence, the first prominent contender for the upcoming election to suspend his campaign, cited that the timing was not right for his candidacy.
During his address at the annual gathering of the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas, Pence stated, “It has become increasingly clear to me that this is not the moment for my presidential aspirations.” He continued, “After extensive contemplation and prayer, I have opted to suspend my campaign for the presidency.”
In the crowded field of Republican candidates vying for the party’s nomination for the 2024 White House race, Pence, like most others, struggled to gain significant momentum. This competition has been overwhelmingly dominated by the presence of former President Donald Trump, who, despite facing numerous scandals, two impeachment trials, and multiple ongoing legal battles, continues to enjoy steadfast support from loyal party members.
Pence’s unexpected departure from the race marks a pivotal juncture in the campaign, highlighting the formidable challenge even for Trump’s most devoted ally to surpass his former leader in the pursuit of becoming the Republican nominee to face Democratic President Joe Biden.
Pence, recognized as an establishment figure, notably refused to participate in efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election, which Trump falsely claimed to have won. This stance immediately drew the ire of Trump’s loyal supporters.