Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, whose bid for the Republican presidential nomination was the longest of long shots, suspended his campaign on Friday.
"My goal was to focus on the importance of this election as a real turning point, and to emphasize the dangers of continuing on a road that will further undermine America's economy and weaken our national security,” Gilmore said in a statement.
In the eight months Gilmore sought the GOP nomination he failed to make any of the prime-time debates because of dismal polling numbers.
Donald Trump, whose insurgent presidential campaign has in part been buoyed by hard-line stances on immigration, assailed Pope Francis' visit to Mexico this week as purely political.
"I think that the pope is a very political person," said Trump on Thursday in an interview on Fox Business' "Varney & Co." "I think that he doesn’t understand the problems our country has. I don’t think he understands the danger of the open border that we have with Mexico."
In his visit to Mexico, Francis is set to travel from the southern part of the country, north to the border — a route that migrants take to reach the United States. Last fall, while speaking before a joint session of Congress, Francis called on lawmakers to set aside partisan views and embrace immigrants who travel to the United States "in search of a better life."
A new ad from the Ted Cruz campaign goes after presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
The ad parodies the infamous scene from 1999's "Office Space," in which three employees attack an old printer. In Cruz's ad, three people — one made to look like Clinton — destroy, you guessed it, an email server.
The video is set to the tune of Geto Boys' "Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangsta," and calls Clinton "a shameless politician who always plays her cards right."
The big super PAC supporting Hillary Clinton has vacuumed up many millions of dollars. Now it is about to start spending in a big way.
Priorities USA has opted against hanging onto all its cash until the general election, as Clinton finds herself in trouble early on in the primary. The group is stepping up with a $4.5-million advertising campaign aimed at turning out black, Latino and women voters for Clinton in states that vote in March.
The campaign of digital, mail and radio advertisements emphasizes Clinton’s close ties to President Obama and will be targeted most heavily at voters in states where early, in-person voting is available.
Sen. Tim Kaine, a Virginia Democrat who is supporting Hillary Clinton for president, said Bernie Sanders would be a "risky bet" as commander in chief.
“Bernie works on the issues that interest him," Kaine said on a conference call arranged by the Clinton campaign. "Foreign policy and diplomacy and national security are not issues that interest him.”
Sanders has built his campaign around a sharp message about income inequality, and Clinton's team has repeatedly attempted to portray the Vermont senator as a one-note candidate without sufficient grounding in foreign policy.
Club for Growth, the arch-conservative group that has helped push the Republican Party to the right in recent years, announced Friday that it will spend $1.5 million going after GOP front-runner Donald Trump in South Carolina.
The group, which said it is paying for the ads through its political committee, had previously aired anti-Trump television ads in Iowa.
The South Carolina ad, set to begin airing Saturday, goes after Trump from the right, something Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is also doing as he attempts to climb from his second-place perch in the polls.