Politics Joe Walsh ends Republican primary challenge against Trump

15:20  07 february  2020
15:20  07 february  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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The decision comes as time ticks for the 2020 US presidential elections scheduled for 3 November.

Former Illinois congressman Joe Walsh announced Sunday that he will challenge President Trump in the 2020 primary , becoming the second Republican to wage a bid against the president. Walsh , a talk-radio host, was elected to Congress in 2010 as part of the tea party wave and served one term.

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Former US Rep. Joe Walsh is ending his uphill challenge against Donald Trump for the 2020 Republican presidential nomination, after suffering a crushing loss in the Iowa GOP caucuses in which he received only 1% of the vote.

"I am ending my candidacy for president of the United States," Walsh told CNN's John Berman on "New Day." "I got into this because I thought it was really important that there was a Republican — a Republican — out there every day calling out this president for how unfit he is."

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Joe Walsh of Illinois officially announced his primary challenge to Donald Trump on Sunday. Joe Walsh announced on Sunday that he will run against Donald Trump in the Republican primary for president. The conservative talk show host said on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos"

Former U.S. representative Joe Walsh was a strong Trump supporter in 2016, but gradually became critical of the president. On August 25, 2019, Walsh officially declared his candidacy against Trump , calling Trump an "unfit con ^ a b c "Mark Sanford Will Challenge Trump in Republican Primary ".

"It's not a party. It's a cult. He can't be beat in the Republican primary so there's no reason for me, or any candidate, really to be in there," Walsh continued.

Walsh finished third in the Iowa Republican caucuses, which Trump overwhelmingly won on Monday as his impeachment trial was nearing its end.

A one-term congressman, Walsh launched his 2020 bid in August with slim to no chance of defeating Trump, who has high approval ratings among Republicans.

He was also up against the fundraising arm of Trump's reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee, which have raised millions. And several GOP state party leaders canceled their presidential primaries and caucuses, effectively cutting out Walsh's opportunities to challenge Trump.

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  Trump misses out on 1 delegate in Iowa Despite getting more than 97% of the vote in the Iowa Republican Caucus, President Trump was unable to secure every delegate, according to the Iowa Republican Party. © Mary Altaffer/AP, FILE Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld speaks during the Higher Education Forum "College Costs & Debt in the 2020 Elections," Feb. 6, 2020, at the University of New Hampshire in Concord, N.H. Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, the last man standing in the Republican primary besides the incumbent president, will receive one of the 40 delegates from the Iowa Caucus, according to the state party.

Conservative firebrand former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh announced Sunday with ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "This Week" that he's launching a long-shot Republican presidential primary challenge against President Donald Trump . "I'm going to run for president.

Former congressman said on CNN current Republican party is ‘a cult’ and urged voters to ‘come together to stop’ Trump .

His candidacy, however, attracted conservative lawyer George Conway, the husband to the President's counselor Kellyanne Conway. Conway donated to Walsh's campaign and had informally advised his campaign.

Walsh has a history of controversial comments as a conservative radio host and in Congress, but after announcing his candidacy said he regretted his false claims against former President Barack Obama.

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Walsh, who voted for Trump in the 2016 election, also apologized for what he said was his role in helping elect an "unfit con man" to the White House.

Following his loss in the Iowa caucuses, Walsh on Twitter Tuesday likened the Republican Party to a "cult" and said he realized that "nobody can beat Trump in a Republican primary."

He previously told ABC News he would not vote for Trump if he locks up the Republican nomination, which Trump will all but certainly do.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld remains the only Republican candidate facing off against Trump for the nomination.

This story is breaking and will be updated.

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott endorses Bill Weld for Republican presidential nomination .
“I've met with him before, I think a lot of him and his platform so I would be supporting him,” Phil Scott said. In a press conference, first reported by Vermont's WPTZ, Scott announced his decision to back the fellow Republican and former Massachusetts governor.

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