Mark Meredith, Media General National Correspondent – WASHINGTON (MEDIA GENERAL) - The number of Republican presidential candidates remaining dwindled down on Monday with the news of Sen. Lindsey Graham's decision to drop his White House bid.
Sign of the times
In a sign of the times, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) used YouTube to release his final statement from the campaign. Graham thanked his supporters and staff for helping him throughout the campaign despite the low poll numbers across the country. The video message was released with just under two months until voting begins in Iowa and New Hampshire.
"I want to thank everyone who's taken this journey with me," said Sen. Graham during the nearly two minute long video.
Not much of a chance
The latest polls in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina never gave the Graham campaign much to brag about. A recent CBS News / YouGov poll showed Graham between 0%-1% in most early states.
GOP South Carolina StandingsCBS News / YouGov Poll
Support comes rolling in
While Sen. Graham leaves the race without much to show as an accomplishment, he is getting support from his fellow Republicans and other GOP hopefuls.
It was a privilege to support my dear friend @LindseyGrahamSC - thank you for all you have done for the country you love & serve so well!— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) December 21, 2015
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) also released a statement on Monday thanking Graham for keeping the 2016 race competitive.
"Lindsey is a good guy, a very funny guy," Rubio said. "We will miss his humor on the campaign trail. We look forward to hearing more of it on the Senate floor."