Jim Gilmore suspends his 2016 GOP presidential campaign

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Jim Gilmore Drops Out of Presidential Race

The week after the Iowa Caucus on Feb. 1, Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore on Friday announced he would suspend his presidential campaign.

"My campaign was intended to offer the gubernatorial experience, with the track record of a true conservative, experienced in national security, to unite the party," Gilmore said in a press release, according to the Huffington Post. Gilmore received just 12 votes in Iowa among caucus voters.

Gilmore participated in the first undercard GOP presidential debate in August and then failed to qualify for the rest of them. He live tweeted the September CNN undercard debate to his less than 1,500 followers after he wasn't invited, Politico reported.

Gilmore's team released his first TV ad "Trust" in late November boasting his experience as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army and as governor during 9/11 while bashing President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton for failing to combat radical Islamic terrorism.

Gilmore served one term as the governor of Virginia. He quietly ran for president for seven months in 2008, announcing in December 2006 and withdrawing in July 2007, NPRreported, citing a struggle to raise enough funds to meet the quota, he told Politico.

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 09: Republican presidential candidate Jim Gilmore addresses a rally against the Iran nuclear deal on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol September 9, 2015 in Washington, DC. Thousands of people gathered for the rally, organized by the Tea Party Patriots, which featured conservative pundits and politicians. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 06: Republican presidential candidate Jim Gilmore appears on a teleprompter as he participates in a presidential pre-debate forum hosted by FOX News and Facebook at the Quicken Loans Arena August 6, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. Gilmore and six other GOP candidates were selected to participate in the forum based on their rank in an average of the five most recent national political polls. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 18: From left, U.S. Senate candidates and former Virginia Governors Mark Warner, D-Va., and Jim Gilmore, R-Va., spar on stage during a debate sponsored by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce in McLean, Va., on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008. Fox News Sunday Anchor Chris Wallace moderated the event. (Photo By Bill Clark/Roll Call/Getty Images)
Presidential candidate Jim Gilmore speaks to reporters in the Spin Room following the 2007 Republican Presidential Debate at the Koger Center at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina, Tuesday, May 15, 2007. (Photo by Jeff Blake/The State/MCT via Getty Images)
SIMI VALLEY, CA - MAY 3: Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore joins the other major GOP Presidential Candidates in the first Republican debate held at the Reagan Library on May 3, 2007 in Simi Valley, California. The debate included ten Republican Party presidential candidates. (Photo by Jamie Rector/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - MARCH 14: Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore speaks to members of International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) during a bipartisan presidential forum March 14, 2007 in Washington, DC. Also participating in the forum were Democrats Hillary Rodham Clinton, John Edwards and Barack Obama and fellow Republican John McCain. Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, a Republican, declined to attend citing scheduling conflicts. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
394967 01: Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore (R) listens as terrorism expert Bruce Hoffman speaks during a hearing on defining terrorism and responding to the terrorist treat September 26, 2001 before a House subcommittee on terrorism and homeland security on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
SLUG: me/telework1 DATE: 5/30/2001 PHOTOG: Sarah L. Voisin Gov. Jim Gilmore today in Arlington, Va launched Telework!Va, the first comprehensive telework incentive program in the Commonwealth. The program provides financial assistance and training for Northern, VA businesses to start or expand a formal telework program, and take employees off overcrowded roads. PICTURED: Gov. Jim Gilmore, center, cq, shakes hands with press conference atendees after his announcement. On the left is Leo Bevon, cq, Director of the Department of Rail and Public Transportation and on the right is Shirley Ybarra, cq, Secretary of Transportation for Va. Original Filename: telework1BW.jpg (Photo by Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post/Getty Images)
Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore smiles after signing the nation's first comprehensive Internet policy, Tuesday March 30, 1999 in Washington. Virginia Secretary of Technology Don Upson, left, Virginia Secretary of Education Wil Bryant, right, and Sen. John Warner, R-Va., second from right, among others, look on. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)
Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, center, gestures as he talks to students at a last minute campaign rally at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., Monday Nov. 3, 1997. Former Gov. George Allen, right, and Attorney General Mark Earley joined Gilmore during the rally. Since his inauguration Gilmore has taken steps to reverse actions of his predecessor and appointed one of Allen's harshest critics to a lucrative state job. (AP Photo/Steve Helber/File)
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