Former Cranston, Rhode Island Mayor Steve Laffey has announced the end of his 2024 presidential campaign, citing financial difficulties and concerns over the direction of the Republican Party.
Laffey, who launched his long-shot campaign in February, made the decision to withdraw from the race after struggling to gain traction and failing to qualify for the debate stage.
As reported by Conservative Brief News on Saturday, October 3, 2023, Laffey expressed his disappointment at not being able to gain more support for his campaign, saying, “I love being on the trail. I love meeting people. I am crestfallen that I wasn’t able to cross the chasm.”
He attributed his campaign’s challenges to low name recognition and an inability to break through in national polls.
Unlike some other Republican candidates who have exited the race, Laffey’s decision to withdraw goes beyond financial considerations.
He revealed that he no longer believes in the message of the Republican Party and intends to re-register as an Independent.
Laffey expressed his dissatisfaction with the GOP’s current direction and placed blame on former President Donald Trump.
Laffey characterized Trump as an authoritarian figure who is gaining strength, and he expressed the opinion that Trump should be in jail.
His decision to leave the Republican Party reflects his belief that the GOP is no longer aligned with his values.
When asked about his future plans, Laffey mentioned that he still believes he has a body of work to contribute but is uncertain about the exact path he will take.
He emphasized that he hasn’t ruled out further involvement in politics or public service in a different capacity.
Laffey’s exit from the 2024 presidential race underscores the challenges faced by lesser-known candidates seeking the Republican nomination, especially when competing against the strong presence of former President Trump.
Trump remains the frontrunner in the GOP presidential field, despite ongoing legal challenges and controversies.
Recent polls have shown Trump leading among registered voters, with a slight edge among likely voters, indicating a close race between him and President Joe Biden.
Enthusiasm among voters for the 2024 election may play a significant role in determining the outcome, with Trump holding an advantage among enthusiastic voters.
While Laffey’s withdrawal may not significantly impact the overall landscape of the Republican primary, it highlights the divisions and debates within the party as candidates vie for support and attempt to shape its future direction.