Thompson withdrew from the race. Many hailed him as the front runner before he entered the race. However, his third place in South Carolina was too overwhelming for a candidate who invested so much in his high positioning in that state. Fox reports:
Fred Thompson dropped his presidential bid Tuesday, after the former Tennessee senator and actor finished third in the South Carolina primary and was unable to score a victory in any of the early primaries or caucuses.
Thompson was the closest to a Constitutionalist in the Republican race, save Ron Paul. Unfortunately, his position on the war was the same as the other four neo-cons on the stage. Thompson also considered himself a Federalist. As a southern and more traditional candidate, he may be orchestrating a possible VP move should a more moderate Republican win the nominee. Perhaps some of his supporters will take Federalism seriously and embrace a true Constitutionalist and the only peace candidate, Ron Paul.