Sen. Rand Paul quits 2016 Republican presidential race

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (AP) — Republican Sen. Rand Paul is dropping his 2016 campaign for president.

Campaign spokeswoman Eleanor May confirmed the move Wednesday to The Associated Press.

Paul and his appeals to reject American political dynasties and "to take our country back" was ultimately out-shouted by billionaire Donald Trump.

The son of former Rep. Ron Paul was elected in the conservative tea party-driven wave of 2010 and disagreed often with Republican leaders.

Rand Paul notably opposed the Obama administration's use of drone strikes against suspected terrorists.


Kellman reported from Washington. Steve Peoples contributed to this report.