Tim Scott Calls It Quits

Another GOP presidential candidate bows to the inevitable …

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United States senator Tim Scott suspended his presidential campaign late Sunday following a third consecutive underwhelming debate performance last week in Miami.

“Tonight, I suspended my campaign for president,” Scott wrote on X. “Traveling this country and meeting all of you has been one of the most fantastic experiences of my entire life. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. God bless America.”

In an interview with former U.S. congressman Trey Gowdy, Scott elaborated on his surprise decision – which according to South Carolina-based national reporter Meg Kinnard was so unexpected it caught some of his own staffers off-guard.

“Campaign staff found out Scott was dropping out by watching the show,” Kinnard reported, referring to Scott’s appearance on Gowdy’s program.

“I think the voters who are the most remarkable people on the planet have been really clear that they’re telling me, ‘Not now, Tim,’” Scott said.

Scott, 58, simply never caught fire in the Republican undercard battle – which now consists of Florida governor Ron DeSantis, former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy as the top remaining challengers to presumptive nominee Donald Trump.



There was a moment during the summer – prior to the first debate – when Scott appeared to be making his move, but the spark never caught and his campaign ended with him drawing the support of 2.2 percent of GOP primary voters, according to aggregate polling data from FiveThirtyEight. Meanwhile, aggregate polling data from RealClearPolitics had Scott at 2.5 percent.

It is not clear yet whether Scott will endorse one of those three GOP contenders – or back Trump. Based on his comments to Gowdy, Scott could decide to stay out of the race altogether.

“The voters are really smart,” Scott told Gowdy. “The best way for me to be helpful is to not weigh in on who they should endorse.”

Scott also demurred when asked whether he would consider accepting a vice presidential nomination.

“(That) has never been on my to-do list for this campaign, and it’s certainly not there now,” Scott said.

A bigger question for South Carolina politicos? What does Scott intend to do after his final term in the U.S. Senate ends?

The North Charleston, S.C. native has been widely discussed as a possible candidate for governor of the Palmetto State – but that field is already getting crowded as attorney general Alan Wilson, congressman Ralph Norman, lieutenant governor Pam Evette and others eye a run.

Count on this media outlet to keep our audience apprised of Scott’s next moves … nationally and here in early-voting South Carolina.



Will Folks (Brett Flashnick)

Will Folks is the founding editor of the news outlet you are currently reading. Prior to founding FITSNews, he served as press secretary to the governor of South Carolina. He lives in the Midlands region of the state with his wife and seven children.



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Goody3 Top fan November 13, 2023 at 7:28 am

A practical decision from a principled guy …. thank you for your service, Senator.

Observer (the real one) November 13, 2023 at 11:58 am

He is laughing all the way to the bank with all that donation money that suckers gave him.

Goody3 Top fan November 13, 2023 at 5:50 pm

Those campaign dollars have some pretty tight constraints – like limits on what can/could be transferred to a different campaign war chest – like Gov or another term @ US Senate. Not sure of all the details….

Observer (the real one) November 14, 2023 at 3:35 am

Hi Goody3! That is what I used to think but in more recent times I have read and heard that there are ways these parasites (politicians) can manipulate those campaign funds, move them around, and eventually wind up converting a chunk of them to personal use.

Heck, the ones in Congress can take advantage of insider knowledge in stock trading and nothing happens to them. If you or me did that, we would be occupying a cell in some non-resort Federal prison.

Josh Smith November 14, 2023 at 5:53 am

That’s how most of us feel about Donald Trump!

Tim Who? November 13, 2023 at 8:24 am

Wait, he was running?

Nanker Phelge November 13, 2023 at 11:56 am

Called it from the start of his campaign. I hope his “girlfriend” doesn’t dump him now.

Observer (the real one) November 13, 2023 at 12:00 pm

Somewhere, he said he wasn’t going to bring her on the campaign trail unless he intended to marry her. I wonder if he realized he was painting himself into a corner and was about to have to marry his “beard”.

Yup November 13, 2023 at 12:51 pm

At least Tim has a speck of self-awareness.

He’s right…a vast majority of Americans are saying “Not now, Republicans” when they vote.

Lord Barfington November 16, 2023 at 2:59 pm

It’s too bad how no one ever called Timbo out on all the stupid things he said. Like that Democrats want to allow abortions up to the 52nd week of pregnancy. Or that the striking GM workers should be fired. His knowledge and intelligence are both severely limited. But liberals never called him out for fear of being called racist. And right-wingers never said anything because they think black people are stupid anyhow.

Ralph Hightower Top fan November 28, 2023 at 11:52 am

Bless his heart.


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