Conservative talk radio host Larry Elder suspends 2024 GOP presidential campaign

Larry Elder

By Gina Yarbrough

Palm Beach, FL–Republican Presidential Candidate Larry Elder announced Thursday that he suspended his presidential campaign and is endorsing former President Donald Trump.

The conservative talk show host released a statement after exiting the race:

“I want to begin by expressing my deepest gratitude to all of you who have supported me throughout this presidential campaign. I have been truly honored by the enthusiasm and dedication of all of the grassroots support as we held the establishment party bosses accountable.

Throughout my campaign, I have been steadfast in my belief that the biggest issues facing our nation are the crisis of fatherlessness, the dangerous lie that America is systemically racist, the need for an amendment to the Constitution to set federal spending to a fixed percentage of the GDP—otherwise government gets bigger whether Republicans or Democrats are in charge and the need to remove the Soros-backed DAs across the country who refuse to enforce the law. The breakdown of the family structure and the absence of positive father figures in the lives of many children have far-reaching consequences for our society, including the crime wave we are currently seeing in America today. I hope that my campaign has helped shine a light on these critical issues and sparked important conversations about how we can solve them.

As I look at the path forward, and after careful consideration and consultation with my campaign team, I have made the difficult decision to suspend my campaign.

Now that I am exiting the race, I am proud to announce my endorsement of Donald Trump for President of the United States. His leadership has been instrumental in advancing conservative, America-first principles and policies that have benefited our great nation. We must unite behind Donald Trump to beat Joe Biden and fight back against Biden’s unprecedented election interference and the left’s destruction of America.

I want to thank my supporters, volunteers, and donors who invested their time, energy, and resources in this campaign. From Iowa to New Hampshire to Nevada and beyond, I am grateful for the opportunity to have met so many incredible Americans who share our values.

Although I am suspending my campaign for president, my commitment to addressing the crisis of fatherlessness, promoting conservative ideals, and supporting the MAGA movement remains unwavering. I will continue to work tirelessly to advocate for the issues that matter most to the American people.

Thank you again for your support. May God bless you all, and may He continue to bless the United States of America.

Elder announced his 2024 presidential bid in April of this year. 

Despite numerous campaign stops across the nation and guest appearances on radio and television, Elder failed to meet the Republican National Committee’s qualification requirements to participate in the first Republican presidential primary debate held on August 23 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

To participate in the first debate, the RNC says all candidates must poll at least 1 percent in three national polls or 1 percent in two national polls, and 1 percent from an early voting states poll recognized by the committee. They also need a minimum of 40,000 donors as part of their campaign committee and sign a pledge agreeing to support the party’s Republican nominee. 

The conservative radio host accused the RNC of “banning” him from the debate stage.

“They officially banned anyone from my campaign team from entering the arena where last month’s debate was held,” he posted on his official website.

Elder filed a complaint against the RNC accusing the committee of not allowing him to participate in the first debate. 

The political commentator gained national recognition for his 2021 challenge against CA Gov. Gavin Newsom during the unsuccessful recall campaign against the Democrat governor.

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