Rand Paul dropped out of the Republican presidential race Wednesday, two days after a disappointing 5th place showing in the Iowa caucuses.
"Today, I will end where I began, ready and willing to fight for the cause of liberty," the U.S. senator from Kentucky said in a written statement. "Brushfires of Liberty were ignited, and those will carry on, as will I."
The GOP field, which once numbered 17 candidates, is quickly thinning as campaign funds dry up in the wake of Iowa and just ahead of the New Hampshire primary.
Paul is a follows libertarian values like his father, Ron Paul. He and other Republican hopefuls have had a tough time getting attention since Donald Trump burst into the race in June. Lead Stories' Trendolizer, which tracks social media attention for each candidate, shows how his decision to quit the race has ironically gained him that attention. His is the gold line.