And that’s all she wrote for Martin O’Malley and Mike Huckabee! The Democratic and Republican candidates officially called it quits on their presidential campaigns on Feb. 1 after suffering disappointing loses at the all-important Iowa caucuses.
Well, we can’t say we didn’t see this one coming. After dutifully chugging along for more than seven months, Martin O’Malley and Mike Huckabee have officially pulled the plugs on their presidential campaigns. The former Democratic and Republican governors announced that they would be suspending their bids for the White House as of Feb. 1, after suffering disappointing losses at the Iowa caucuses. That’s got to hurt!
After months and months of campaigning and non-stop debating, Martin and Mike have finally been forced to throw in the towel on their presidential campaigns. The former governors of Maryland and Arkansas, officially dropped out of the race on Feb. 1 after finishing with less than one and two percent of the vote at the Iowa caucuses. Ouch! The two had banked on a strong showing in the Hawkeye State to buoy their candidacies, but failed to gain traction against better-funded campaigns and an election season marked by a strong desire for anti-establishment candidates among voters.
“This fight continues,” Martin said at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa following the polls. “We fought very, very hard in order to give the people a choice, and the people made their choice tonight.” Martin went on to say despite dropping out of the race, he would still continue to fight for the issues highlighted by his campaign, including equal pay, immigration reform, gun control and more solutions to address climate change. “We have to hold strong to the values that make us Americans,” said the former governor of Maryland as his family stood by his side. “And that, too, was what this tough fight was about.”
Mike, meanwhile, the winner of the 2008 Iowa caucuses, took to Twitter to thank his supporters. “I am officially suspending my campaign,” the former Arkansas governor tweeted. “Thank you for all your loyal support. #ImWithHucK” The Republican’s decision to suspend the campaign was not planned, but after seeing the results he decided it would be best to step out of the race.
“He is going to continue to push for the issues he believes, but right now this is about thanking his staff and supporters and being with his friends and families and see what doors will open next,” said Hogan Gidley, Mike’s spokesman.
Despite being experienced candidates, Martin and Mike proved to be no match for their fellow party opponents. On the Democrats’ side, the focus was on Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, who were neck and neck throughout what was one of the closest Iowa Democratic caucuses in history. In the end though, Hill dog was able to pull off a victory (or so she claimed), earning 699.57 state delegate equivalents to Bernie’s 695.49.
Though not quite as close, the Republican race proved just as interesting as Ted Cruz managed to upset front-runner Donald Trump, earning 28 percent of the vote while Donald received only 24 percent. Talk about a huge win — for Ted and Hillary, anyways!
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