South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham has suspended his presidential campaign six months after he announced his candidacy in his hometown of Central.
“I’ve hit a wall here. My campaign has come to a point where I need to think about getting out and helping somebody else,” said Graham.
Graham, a three-time senator with strong approval ratings, never got traction in a crowded republican presidential field and was upstaged by Donald Trump, says Donald Aiesi, a political science professor at Furman University.
“If Trump was not in this, then Graham would poll pretty high in South Carolina,” Aiesi said. “But Trump has messed this thing up.”
Reaction to Graham’s departure among Central residents was mixed.
“I’m not surprised because he was pretty low in the polls but I think he was a good candidate,” said Myra Almistead, a Central democrat.
“To be honest, it’s probably the best thing that happened to the race,” said Gene Hughes, a republican voter from Central who is supporting Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. “I don’t think much of Lindsey Graham. I don’t think he’s done anything for South Carolina.”
Graham has declined to endorse a candidate in the race.