Republican Lindsey Graham Suspends Campaign for U.S. President

Departure of South Carolina senator leaves 13 candidates still vying for Republican nomination with real estate mogul Donald Trump leading in the polls.

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Lindsey Graham withdraws from presidential race.
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REUTERS - U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham said on Monday he is dropping out of the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, leaving 13 candidates in the party's still-crowded field.

"Today, I'm suspending my campaign for president," the South Carolina senator said in a video posted on YouTube.

Graham, a hawk on defense and foreign policy, ranked in lowest tiers in opinion surveys of Republican voters in a race being dominated by a political outsider, real estate tycoon Donald Trump.

"I'm going to suspend my campaign. I'm not going to suspend my desire to help the country," Graham said. "I've hit a wall here."

Graham said he was proud of what he called his bold, practical solutions on debt and immigration.

"I got into this race to put forward a plan to win a war that we cannot afford to lose, and to turn back the tide of isolationism that was rising in our party. I believe we've made enormous progress in this effort," he said.

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