Low-polling Republican presidential hopeful Lindsey Graham has “suspended” his campaign as of today. After polling at around 0 percent nation-wide for months, it was something that everyone, including Graham himself, could see coming.
Presumably he was in the race to ensure that his viewpoints on foreign policy (he never met an invasion he didn’t like) were represented within the GOP primary, especially since the less interventionist Rand Paul of Kentucky was regarded as one of the leading potential candidates as of last year (seems forever ago, doesn’t it?).
Neither Paul nor Graham’s campaigns ever got anywhere so there really wasn’t much of a point in a Graham candidacy, especially since his fellow senator, Marco Rubio of Florida, is seeing to it that interventionist ideas are well represented in the marquee debates.
While the South Carolinian has finally assented to the obvious, there still are several other Republican candidates who remain in the race despite polling at near-zero. As of now, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, former New York governor George Pataki, and former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore are all polling at less than 1 percent.
We’d have to guess that they’ll hang in as long as the cable news channels keep doing “undercard” debates in order to boost their ratings. With Gilmore not even being invited to these lesser confabs, there’s a strong chance that the undercard may soon become a thing of the past.
A writer, television producer, and cybersecurity consultant, Matthew Sheffield is a Bold contributor. He currently is a producer and reporter at The Hill's video division, Hill.TV.