Lindsey Graham drops out of 2016 presidential race

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is suspending his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

“Today, I’m suspending my campaign for president,” Graham said in a short video posted to YouTube. “I want to thank everyone who has taken this journey with me. You have honored me with your support.”

I believe we have run a campaign you can be proud of. We put forth bold and practical solutions to real problems.

Graham told CNN while he is dropping his GOP bid, “I’m not going to suspend my desire to help the country.”

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Graham speaks during the Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas, Dec. 15, 2015. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

During his campaign, Graham had been largely critical of Republican frontrunner Donald Trump.

“He’s a race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot,” Graham said on CNN following Trump’s . “You know you how you make America great again? You tell Donald Trump to go to hell.”

But the 60-year-old three-term senator failed to gain traction in national polls, and was relegated to the so-called undercard during the GOP debates.

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