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Vivek Ramaswamy announces he’s suspending his presidential bid after a disappointing finish in Iowa

By Bill Barrow, The Associated Press on January 15, 2024.

Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy speaks to a crowd about what he would accomplish if he were elected president during a "Commit to Caucus" rally at Lion Bridge Brewing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Monday, Jan. 15, 2024. (Savannah Blake/The Gazette via AP)

Biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy said Monday that he is suspending his 2024 Republican presidential campaign after a disappointing finish in Iowa’s leadoff caucuses.

Ramaswamy, 38, endorsed his rival, former President Donald Trump. He has previously called Trump the “best president of the 21st century” even as he tried to convince Republican voters that they should opt for “fresh legs” and “take our America First agenda to the next level.”

The wealthy political outsider also modeled his own bid on Trump’s run, campaigning as a fast-talking, headline-grabbing populist who relentlessly needled opponents.

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