Francis Suarez ends his presidential bid, the first GOP candidate to drop out of the race

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Miami Mayor Francis Suarez ended his long-shot presidential bid Tuesday after failing to qualify for the first Republican primary debate last week in Milwaukee. He is the first GOP candidate to drop out of the race.

“Running for President of the United States has been one of the greatest honors of my life,” Suarez wrote in a lengthy statement on his X account. “While I have decided to suspend my campaign for President, my commitment to making this a better nation for every American remains.”

Suarez centered his campaign on his record of success in Miami, winning re-election as a Republican in one of Florida’s bluest cities. But his candidacy struggled to gain momentum as he campaigned in early states only a handful of times — making only three trips to Iowa and two to New Hampshire since announcing his bid in June.

On the stump in early voting states, the mayor honed his message on his economic and policing record in Miami, railing against the “defund the police” movement and highlighting his family’s history migrating from Cuba to the United States.