Mark Sanford gives up on long-shot primary bid against President Trump

Tim Morrison

Mark Sanford gives up on long-shot primary bid against President Trump

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While the first public impeachment hearing featuring acting Ukraine Ambassador Bill Taylor and top State Department official George Kent was underway in the House, Cornyn told reporters Wednesday that he doesn't think a motion to quickly dismiss would get the 51 votes required in the Republican-controlled Senate to pass. "You gotta be a realist, and what I did not anticipate is an impeachment", Sanford told media.

Sanford's bid also received little attention from the Trump campaign, aside from a few mocking tweets from the president.

In a letter to supporters on Tuesday, Sanford expanded on how the impeachment inquiry led him to end his run because it "has made our goal of making the debt, deficit and spending issue a part of this presidential debate impossible right now".

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Sanford lost his seat in Congress previous year after a Trump-backed challenger beat him in the Republican primary. "I think that as a Republican party we have lost our way".

"What's needed here is simply a national conversation on whether or not we believe in math", Sanford said. "Because I think it is a threat to the presidency".

According to Politico, Sanford made the "surprise" announcement just 60 days after he entered the race.

Impeachment aside, Sanford's campaign faced other hurdles as a handful of state parties canceled their primaries and other nominating contests, including in Sanford's home state of SC.

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"When the former Governor of the Great State of South Carolina, @MarkSanford, was reported missing, only to then say he was away hiking on the Appalachian Trail, then was found in Argentina with his Flaming Dancer friend, it sounded like his political career was over".

Trump, who remains overwhelmingly popular among Republican voters, is heavily favored to capture his party's nomination next year. He confessed to having an extramarital affair in a news conference after his return.

Sanford's campaign faced slim odds from its inception. As the president mostly railed against his Democratic opponents, the former governor stuck to retail politics of visiting diners, small businesses across Iowa and New Hampshire.

Sanford's candidacy was riddled with awkward moments that poked holes in his campaign's legitimacy.

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"Where's the beef?" Sanford asked.

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