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Republican Rand Paul drops out of presidential race

Republican Rand Paul drops out of presidential race

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), whose libertarian message was once seen as a powerful match for voter unrest, is dropping out of the presidential race, his spokesman confirmed Wednesday.

Paul built a grass-roots base stemming from the legacy of his father, former Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, but failed to gain traction. He languished in the polls and placed far behind front-runners Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)  and billionaire Donald Trump in Iowa.

Paul also faces a home state challenge from Democrats in his Senate reelection bid. He is expected to shift his attention to that race....

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