Nikki Haley and Dean Phillips both drop their White House bids

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Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley dropped out of the Republican presidential nominating contest on Wednesday, announcing the move after a slew of Super Tuesday losses to former President Donald Trump.

Out of the 15 states with GOP presidential nominating contests on Tuesday, Haley won just one while Trump won the other 14. Prior to that, the only contest she had won during her presidential run was the Washington, D.C., Republican presidential primary.

During remarks on Wednesday, Haley announced the suspension of her campaign.

"In all likelihood, Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee when our party convention meets in July. I congratulate him and wish him well. I wish anyone well who would be America's president," she said.

"I have always been a conservative Republican and always supported the Republican nominee. But on this question, as she did on so many others, Margaret Thatcher provided some good advice when she said, quote, 'Never just follow the crowd. Always make up your own mind.' It is now up to Donald Trump to earn the votes of those in our party and beyond it who did not support him. And I hope he does that," Haley stated.

On the other side of the political aisle, Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota dropped his bid for the Democratic presidential nod.

"I ran for Congress in 2018 to resist Donald Trump, I was trapped in the Capitol in 2021 because of Donald Trump, and I ran for President in 2024 to resist Donald Trump again - because Americans were demanding an alternative, and democracy demands options. But it is clear that alternative is not me. And it is clear that Joe Biden is OUR candidate and OUR opportunity to demonstrate what type of country America is and intends to be," Phillips wrote in a post on X. "I ask you join me in mobilizing, energizing, and doing everything you can to help keep a man of decency and integrity in the White House. That's Joe Biden."

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Sen. Tim Scott drops out of GOP presidential primary

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Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, one of the GOP presidential hopefuls who recently participated in the third Republican presidential primary debate, has announced that he is dropping his White House bid.

"I am suspending my campaign," Scott told former Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) during an appearance on the Fox News Channel. "I think the voters ... have been really clear that they're telling me, 'Not now Tim.' I don't think they're saying, Trey, 'No.' But I do think they're saying, 'Not now,'" he said, adding that he will "look forward to another opportunity."

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Scott, who has served as a senator from South Carolina since 2013, had been appointed by then-Gov. Nikki Haley to fill the seat. Haley, who served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations during a portion of former president Donald Trump's White House tenure, is one of the Republican candidates currently vying for the GOP presidential nod.

"Tim Scott is a good man of faith and an inspiration to so many. The Republican primary was made better by his participation in it. South Carolina is blessed to continue to have him as our senator," Haley tweeted.

"Tim Scott is a strong conservative with bold ideas about how to get our country back on track," Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is also running in the GOP presidential primary, tweeted. "I respect his courage to run this campaign and thank him for his service to America and the U.S. Senate. I look forward to Tim continuing to be a leader in our party for years to come."

Polls indicate that Trump is positioned to trounce the rest of the GOP primary field and easily secure the party's presidential nomination in 2024. If Trump does clinch the nomination, 2024 will be the third-consecutive presidential election in which he is the GOP's nominee.

The former president has not participated in any of the Republican presidential primary debates so far. A fourth debate is slated to take place December 6 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

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