North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum Drops Out of 2024 Presidential Race
North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum has officially withdrawn from the 2024 Republican presidential nomination race after failing to meet the qualification criteria for the recent debates. Burgum expressed his disappointment with the Republican National Committee (RNC) and its debate requirements, accusing them of nationalizing the primary process and creating disadvantages for candidates from non-media market areas.
In his criticism of the RNC, Burgum argued that the debate criteria do not accurately assess a candidate’s qualifications for serving as president. Despite his earlier pledge not to suspend his campaign before the New Hampshire GOP primary, Burgum ultimately made the decision to step aside due to his consistently low polling numbers. Former President Donald Trump maintained a commanding lead over Burgum and other candidates.
The RNC’s debate qualification criteria included obtaining at least 70,000 unique donors and meeting specific polling requirements. Unfortunately, Burgum fell short of these benchmarks and also did not qualify for the upcoming debate. The news of his disqualification was first relayed to his campaign staff over the weekend, with the rest of the team receiving the information on Monday.
It is worth noting that Burgum personally finances his campaign, ensuring his team’s payment until December. However, despite exiting the 2024 presidential race, Burgum remains eligible to run for a third term as governor until the summer of 2024.
With Burgum’s departure, there are now six remaining candidates in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Alongside former President Donald Trump, notable contenders include Nikki Haley, Vivek Ramaswamy, Asa Hutchinson, Chris Christie, and Ron DeSantis. As the primary season progresses, voters will closely watch how these candidates navigate the challenges and opportunities that lie before them.
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