Also Rand: Libertarian Sen. Paul Drops Out Of GOP Presidential Race

  • by: Alan Duke

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.

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  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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