Former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore is suspending his campaign for president, having failed to garner significant support in polls or primaries. “My campaign was intended to offer the gubernatorial experience, with the track record of a true conservative, experienced in national security, to unite the party,” Gilmore said in a statement. “I will continue to do everything I can to ensure that our next President is a free enterprise Republican who will restore our nation to greatness and keep our citizens safe.” Gilmore spent very little money campaigning and had little name recognition outside of Virginia. He polled so poorly that he did not qualify for the “undercard” in many of the Republican presidential debates. He did, surprisingly, qualify for the debate before the Iowa caucuses.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.