Former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Tuesday that he is suspending his presidential campaign after a sixth place finish in the Iowa caucuses.
Hutchinson had just 0.2% of the vote in Monday’s caucuses, finishing last as voters did not agree with his anti-Trump campaign.
“My message of being a principled Republican with experience and telling the truth about the current front-runner did not sell in Iowa,” Hutchinson said in a statement. “I stand by the campaign I ran.”
The former Arkansas governor was highly critical of the former president, even suggesting that Trump should not be running in 2024 under the 14th Amendment, which has a provision barring candidates who have engaged in insurrection.
Hutchinson congratulated Trump on the victory as his exit marks the last GOP candidate in the race who was willing to directly take on the former president.
“I congratulate Donald J. Trump for his win last night in Iowa and to the other candidates who competed and garnered delegate support,” Hutchinson said in a statement. “Today, I am suspending my campaign for President and driving back to Arkansas. My message of being a principled Republican with experience and telling the truth about the current front runner did not sell in Iowa.”
Hutchinson’s campaign manager, Alison Williams, said he would not be making an endorsement at this stage of the race.
The news comes as Vivek Ramaswamy, dropped out of the race Monday night after finishing fourth in Iowa, behind Trump, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley.