Asa Hutchinson, former Governor of Arkansas, announced on Tuesday that he will not run for president in 2024. The announcement comes after he placed sixth in the crucial Iowa caucuses.
“My message of being a principled Republican with experience and telling the truth about the current front-runner did not sell in Iowa,” Hutchinson said in a statement.
“I stand by the campaign I ran,” Hutchinson added. “I answered every question, sounded the warning to the GOP about the risks in 2024, and presented hope for our country’s future.”
He garnered 191 votes in Monday’s caucuses, according to the Republican Party of Iowa, and no pledged delegates were obtained. Ryan Binkley, a Texas pastor and businessman, garnered more votes than Hutchinson, a less well-known figure in the country.
Hutchinson, a scathing opponent of Trump, advised Trump to get out of the race when he launched his presidential candidacy in April.
Hutchinson, the eight-year governor of Arkansas, struggled to garner support and scored only 1% on average in national Republican primary surveys, according to FiveThirtyEight.
There are other Republicans who have left the party than him.
Businessman Vivek Ramaswamy withdrew his 2024 presidential bid and supported Trump following the nation’s first-ever Iowa caucuses.
Ramaswamy, who had no prior political experience when he entered the 2024 race, gained national attention and experienced a brief surge in the polls by advocating popular ideas and repeatedly praising Trump.