LAS VEGAS, NV. – Former Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday announced that he is suspending his 2024 presidential bid.

“I came here to say it’s become clear to me this is not my time,” Pence said at the annual Republican Jewish Coalition convention.

“So after much prayer and deliberation, I have decided to suspend my campaign for president effective today.”

Pence did not endorse a candidate. 

The former vice president launched his 2024 campaign in early June. And while he spent plenty of time over the summer and into the autumn on the campaign trail in the crucial early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, his White House bid never ignited. 

Pence stood in the mid to low single digits in the latest surveys and his fundraising was meager. The former vice president struggled – but ultimately succeeded to reach the polling and donor thresholds to qualify for the first two Republican presidential nomination debates. But as of Saturday, he still remained short of hitting the criteria to make the stage at next month’s third debate.

“You know, we always knew this would be an uphill battle, but I have no regrets. The only thing that would have been harder than coming up short would have been if we’d never tried at all,” Pence told the crowd at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual leadership meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he announced he was suspending his campaign.

Pence told the crowd, to applause and cheers, that “I say this is not my time, but it’s still your time. I urge you to hold fast to what matters faith, family, and the Constitution of the United States of America. I’m proud that our campaign stood firm on America’s role as leader of the free world.”

Pence, a former conservative congressman, was Indiana governor when Trump named him his running mate in 2016. For four years, Pence served as the loyal vice president to Trump.

However, everything changed on Jan. 6, 2021, as right-wing extremists — including some chanting “hang Mike Pence” — stormed the U.S. Capitol aiming to upend congressional certification of President Biden’s Electoral College victory that was overseen by Pence.

In the more than two years since the end of the Trump administration, the former president and vice president have further drifted apart. Pence has rebuked his former boss, calling him out by name while discussing Trump’s claim that Pence could have overturned the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Pence has described the deadly attack on the Capitol as “tragic” and that “it dishonored the millions of people who had supported our cause around the country.” He has emphasized that he did “the right thing” and performed his “duty under the Constitution.” He has also noted a number of times that he and Trump may never “see eye to eye on that day.”

But hardcore Trump loyalists never forgive Pence, whom they view as a traitor for refusing to reject the 2020 election results.

Pence become the first running mate in eight decades to run against his former boss, since Vice President John Nance Garner unsuccessfully challenged President Franklin Roosevelt in the 1940 election.

Pence, in his stump speeches, touted the Trump-Pence administration’s policy successes but contrasts himself with the controversial former president in terms of tone and tenor.

“People around the country want us to see us restore a threshold of civility in our political debate,” Pence emphasized. “You can disagree without being disagreeable. People that know me know I take very strong stands. I’m conservative, but I’m not in a bad mood about it.”

This is a breaking story and will be updated.