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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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)
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
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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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