Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore Suspends Presidential Campaign

PHOTO: Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore speaks at a Republican Leadership Summit, April 17, 2015, in Nashua, N.H. AP Photo
Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore speaks at a Republican Leadership Summit, April 17, 2015, in Nashua, N.H.

Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore announced today that he is suspending his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

"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 statement today.

A former U.S. Army intelligence agent, Gilmore was one of two military veterans in the 2016 race. Sen. Lindsey Graham served in the Air Force reserve.

In a statement, Gilmore's campaign said he felt that the “difficulty of the debate structure combined with the national media coverage of the candidates made it impossible for him to continue his campaign for the presidency.”

Gilmore participated in two under-card debates.

Gilmore isn't endorsing any of the remaining candidates yet. He said in his statement that he will support the GOP nominee and that he "intends to continue speaking out about the dangers of electing either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders."