Sen. Lindsey Graham ended his long-shot presidential bid today, telling supporters in a web video that he succeeded in changing the conversation about how to fight the Islamic state.
"Four months ago, at the very first debate, I said that any candidate who did not understand that we need more American troops on the ground in Iraq and Syria to defeat ISIL was not ready to be commander-in-chief," said Graham. "At that time, no one stepped forward to join me. Today, most of my fellow candidates have come to recognize this is what's needed."
Graham's bid, which never cracked 1 percent in primary polls, locked up an unusual amount of elite support. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), his closest friend in the Senate, immediately endorsed Graham and campaigned with him throughout New Hampshire
The latest CBS/YouGov poll had Graham at zero in Iowa,
The same poll had him at zero in New Hampshire...