Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) has failed to get the grip he had hoped for during this presidential campaign.
While I have always liked Scott, I felt the move was premature, thinking he would have been better off as a VP candidate now, then launch his campaign in 2028 or 2032.
Scott is currently polling below the level for the third debate, and seemingly going more backward every day, so it was no surprise to see his Super PAC pull his presidential ads, which is generally a sign that the campaign itself will be suspended.
Trust In the Mission PAC, also known as "TIM PAC," has canceled its ad campaigns, and has stated that it will concentrate its funding on its grassroots and door-knocking program on behalf of Scott.
This, however, is PAC talk for getting ready to pull out altogether.
Now, don’t get me wrong… the ground game is critical, but without ads, you don’t win, period. And considering he will no longer have ads running in early-voting states, including South Carolina, it is unlikely that this campaign will be around much longer.
Scott was asked about the PAC pulling the $40 million ad campaign, and he responded, "We'll continue to do what we have been doing and spend more time on the ground.”
Here is the interesting aspect of this, however.
Scott is still polling well enough in early voting states to qualify for the next debate, hitting 5.5% in both New Hampshire and Iowa, and polling at 6.7% in South Carolina.
The next polling threshold is only 4%, so his campaign will not fold just yet, especially because Pence, Christie, and Burgum are all on the bubble for this next debate, so this could be Scott’s last real chance to shine on a national stage.
If I were him, I would be making alliances right now for the next step in the hope of being selected as the VP.
The candidate I think that would benefit the most from having Scott with him is Donald Trump, whose polling numbers in minority communities soar with a black vice president. He could actually be what puts Trump over the top, to be honest.
Scott’s campaign will be over soon enough, but I think it is highly unlikely that will be the last we see of Scott in this presidential election.