US Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley and Republican hopeful Mike Huckabee have suspended their campaigns after failing to show any significant performance in the Iowa caucuses.
O’Malley and Huckabee made the announcement on Monday after the two politicians failed to gain traction against better-funded candidates.
“This fight continues,” O’Malley said at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa. “We fought very, very hard in order to give the people a choice, and the people made their choice tonight.”
O’Malley, the former governor and mayor of Baltimore, expressed gratitude to his supporters, but denounced the “racist and fascist rhetoric of Donald Trump.”
“We have to hold strong to the values that make us Americans,” said O’Malley as his family stood by his side. “And that, too, was what this tough fight was about.”
O’Malley did not endorse Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders who were locked in a virtual tie in the Iowa Democratic caucuses. Clinton’s campaign later on declared victory over Sanders.
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee ended his presidential campaign after finishing near the back of the Republican pack in Iowa.
With 100 percent of precincts reported, Huckabee could only get about 2 percent of the vote. Senator Ted Cruz claimed victory in Iowa.
“I am officially suspending my campaign,” he tweeted. “Thank you for all your loyal support. #ImWithHucK”
“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, Huckabee’s spokesman.