Presidential Candidate Quits

( – In a move that left Republicans speechless all over the nation, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has announced the suspension of his 2024 presidential campaign.

The governor, who entered the GOP primary race in early June, cited dissatisfaction with the Republican National Committee’s (RNC) debate requirements as a major factor in his decision. According to a press release, Burgum accused the RNC of “nationalizing the primary system.”

In his announcement, Burgum criticized the RNC’s heightened debate standards, which excluded him from the last debate stage. He claimed, “We remain committed to improving the lives of every American by moving America 180 degrees in the opposite direction of Joe Biden on three critical issues – the economy, energy, and national security.”

The governor expressed disappointment with the primary process, stating, “While this primary process has shaken my trust in many media organizations and political party institutions, it has only strengthened my trust in America.”

Burgum’s withdrawal from the race adds to the list of suspended campaigns, including former Vice President Mike Pence, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, former Texas Rep. Will Hurd, conservative radio personality Larry Elder, Michigan businessman Perry Johnson, and Miami Mayor Francis Suarez.

Remaining contenders for the GOP nomination include former President Donald Trump, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, conservative businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Burgum had qualified for the first two RNC primary debates but fell short of the increased criteria for the third, held in Miami, Florida, on Nov. 8. The new standards required candidates to meet a 70,000 unique donor threshold, with at least 200 coming from 20 distinct states or territories. Additionally, candidates had to have polled at or above 4% in two national polls or in one national and in two key early nominating state surveys.

Throughout his campaign, Burgum struggled to gain traction in national and key early-state polling. He currently holds 0.6% support nationwide, with 2.7% in Iowa and 2% in New Hampshire, according to the Real Clear Politics average.

As the RNC’s fourth debate approaches in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Burgum’s absence highlights the ongoing challenges and divisions within the GOP primary, leaving a narrowed field to contend for the party’s nomination.