Former Texas Representative Will Hurd (R) withdrew from the Republican presidential primary on Monday evening, making him the second Republican to do so.
Hurd, who polled near the bottom of the primary field, struggled to garner even 1% in the surveys, and never made it onto the debate stage, joined Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, who quit the race in late August after missing the first presidential debate.
“Unfortunately, it has become clear to me and my team that the time has come to suspend our campaign. While I appreciate all the time and energy our supporters have given, it is important to recognize the realities of the political landscape and the need to consolidate our party around one person to defeat both Donald Trump and President Biden. I urge donors, voters, and other candidates to unite around an alternative candidate to Trump. Otherwise, we will repeat the same errors as in 2016. If the Republican party nominates Donald Trump or the various personalities jockeying to imitate his divisive, crass behavior, we will lose.” Hurd said.
When I first entered the Republican presidential primary field in June, I knew I was a dark horse candidate with a path to victory that would contain many obstacles. But as I traveled across the country, I met so many Americans who believed in my campaign’s message of unity and…
— Will Hurd (@WillHurd) October 9, 2023
He also emphasized the importance of major issues he believed that Americans were not focused enough on, including artificial intelligence, the brewing Cold War with China, and crisis on the U.S. southern border.