US Republican Lindsey Graham quitting race for White House

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Low-Polling Lindsey Graham Exits Presidential Race

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham said on Monday he is dropping out of the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, leaving 13 candidates in the party's still-crowded field.

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"Today, I'm suspending my campaign for president," the South Carolina senator said in a video posted on YouTube.

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Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., talks with band players before marching in the Labor Day parade Monday, Sept. 7, 2015, in Milford, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., holds up his cell phone after the moderator mentioned the event where Donald Trump gave out Graham's cell phone number, before Graham spoke about the Iran nuclear agreement at a National Press Club luncheon in Washington, Tuesday Sept. 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
UNITED STATES - August 17: Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., takes a bite out of a pork chop at the Iowa Pork Producers Association site at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, Monday, August 17, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. arrives to announce his bid for the presidency, Monday, June 1, 2015, in Central, S.C. Graham opened his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination Monday with a grim accounting of "radical Islam ... running wild" in a world imperiled also by Iran's nuclear ambitions. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., greets supporters after announcing his bid for presidency, Monday, June 1, 2015, in Central, S.C. Graham opened his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination Monday with a grim accounting of radical Islam "running wild" in a world imperiled also by Iran's nuclear ambitions. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., talks with Dave Thibodeau during a campaign stop at the Gun Show, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., talks with Lionel Lablanc before marching in the Labor Day parade Monday, Sept. 7, 2015, in Milford, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. speaks during a visit to the Iowa State Fair, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), right, campaigns with Sen. John McCain, R- Ariz, left, holding a Town Hall Meeting in Manchester, N.H., Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., center, shakes hands with chocolatier Rich Tango-Lowy at Dancing Lion Chocolates while campaigning on Elm Street in Manchester, N.H., Wednesday, July 15, 2015. At left is Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., holds up a license plate signed by other presidential candidates during a campaign event at city hall in Manchester, N.H., Wednesday, July 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina and 2016 U.S. presidential candidate, speaks during the inaugural Roast and Ride in Boone, Iowa, U.S., on Saturday, June 6, 2015. Senator Joni Ernst, a Republican from Iowa, hosted the inaugural Roast and Ride event which featured a 38-mile ride from a Des Moines Harley Davidson dealership to the Central Iowa Expo where seven current and potential Republican presidential candidates are expected to participate. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina and 2016 U.S. presidential candidate, speaks during a campaign stop at a Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post in Waterloo, Iowa, U.S., on Friday, June 5, 2015. Graham announced his campaign for president on Monday, emphasizing his centrist challenge to the Republican Party's base. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina and 2016 U.S. presidential candidate, racks pool balls during a campaign stop at a Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post in Waterloo, Iowa, U.S., on Friday, June 5, 2015. Graham announced his campaign for president on Monday, emphasizing his centrist challenge to the Republican Party's base. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks during a fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, Saturday, June 6, 2015, in Boone, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. gives a thumbs-up as he greets supporters after announcing his bid for presidency, Monday, June 1, 2015, in Central, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. announces his bid for presidency, Monday, June 1, 2015, in Central, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
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Graham, a hawk on defense and foreign policy, ranked in lowest tiers in opinion surveys of Republican voters in a race being dominated by a political outsider, real estate tycoon Donald Trump.

"I'm going to suspend my campaign. I'm not going to suspend my desire to help the country," Graham said. "I've hit a wall here."

Graham said he was proud of what he called his bold, practical solutions on debt and immigration.

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"I got into this race to put forward a plan to win a war that we cannot afford to lose, and to turn back the tide of isolationism that was rising in our party. I believe we've made enormous progress in this effort," he said.

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