Rep. Justin Amash ends bid for Libertarian presidential nomination

It was just a few weeks ago that former Republican Rep. Justin Amash (I-MI) announced his intention to run for the presidential nomination of the Libertarian Party in the 2020 election.

That plan has already been scuttled, however. According to Breitbart, Amash acknowledged on Saturday that he would not be moving forward with the long-shot campaign after all.

Amash ends White House bid

The announcement from Amash that he would no longer be running for president came by way of a lengthy thread of tweets that explained his reasoning behind the consequential decision.

“I’ve spent nearly three weeks assessing the race, appearing in media, talking to delegates and donors, watching the Libertarian Party’s convention plan unfold, and gathering feedback from family, friends, and other advisers,” Amash wrote.

The congressman went on: “After much reflection, I’ve concluded that circumstances don’t lend themselves to my success as a candidate for president this year, and therefore I will not be a candidate.”

Uphill battle from the start

Amash went on to reveal just how “difficult” that decision was, and expressed how truly “humbling and awesome” the brief experience had been for him in terms of the support he received for his nascent bid.

He further discussed his belief that some candidate, eventually, would break through the political domination of the two major national parties and decried the high level of polarization that has gripped the nation at this point in time.

However, in a nod to the current circumstances brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, Amash acknowledged that traditional campaigning and fundraising would be exceptionally difficult.

Amash also mentioned the fact that it would undoubtedly be harder than ever for a relatively unknown candidate like himself to break through to voters via both social and traditional media vehicles.

He ended his thread by reaffirming his continued support for the Libertarian Party and the goal of making it a “major and consistent contender” for electoral wins at the national level.

Never had a chance

Even if Amash had won the Libertarian Party’s nomination and remained in the race until Election Day, his candidacy for the presidency was always a long shot with virtually no chance of success.

Though not mentioned in his Twitter thread, given his history of open opposition to Donald Trump, odds are that Amash realized that his candidacy would likely only draw votes away from the Democratic nominee instead of the president, making the entire exercise a largely futile one.

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