THAT WAS FAST: Sanford Suspends GOP Primary Challenge to Trump

Former SC congressman exits campaign after less than a month…

Failed GOP Congressman Mark Sanford Mulls Challenging Trump in Presidential Primary

Mark Sanford/Photo by Gage Skidmore (CC)

(Associated Press) Republican Mark Sanford says he is ending his longshot 2020 presidential bid.

The former South Carolina governor and congressman centered his Republican primary challenge to President Donald Trump on warnings about the national debt.

But he has struggled to gain traction since announcing his run in September.

When he kicked off his campaign at an event in Pennsylvania last month, only a handful of people showed up.

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The longshot effort become even harder as a handful of state parties canceled their primaries and other nominating contests, including in Sanford’s home state of South Carolina.

Sanford’s decision to end his run comes little more than a week after he moved his campaign’s “home base” to New Hampshire.

He said in a statement announcing the decision that his message was impossible to be heard given the current impeachment proceedings against the President.

“From day one, I was fully aware of how hard it would be to elevate these issues with a sitting president of my own party ignoring them,” Sanford said. “Impeachment noise has moved what was hard to herculean as nearly everything in Republican party politics is currently viewed through the prism of impeachment.”

Liberty Headlines contributed.