Rand Paul was the first Republican to throw his hat into the ring back in April.
Nearly 10 months after launching his campaign, Paul announced that he was putting it to an end. The announcement comes to an end today less than 48 hours after finishing fifth in Iowa with 4.5% of the vote. The latest poll in New Hampshire had Paul with 2% support in the Granite state.
In a time when concerns about Iran, ISIS and Islamic supremacism are of foremost concern to Republican voters, Paul's non-interventionist, if not isolationist tendencies put him way out in left field. Throw in the fact that Paul has no money, has a high unfavorability rating and is facing a strong Democrat challenger in his Kentucky Senate re-election bid, his viability as a Republican presidential candidate was simply non-existent.