Kevin O'Leary drops out of Conservative leadership race

Apr 26 2017, 5:28 pm

Businessman and reality star Kevin O’Leary will be dropping out of the Conservative leadership race.

In a statement issued by Kevin O’Leary on his Facebook page, he says that he made the decision to quit the race after consulting with “thousands of Conservatives from across the country.”

O’Leary cited being an outsider in the race and not having enough support in Quebec as reasons to drop out. Instead, O’Leary says will be endorsing Maxime Bernier as the Conservative’s new leader.

“So here is what I’m going to do; I’m withdrawing my candidacy from the Leadership Race and throwing my full support behind Max. I’m going to do everything I can to ensure he gets elected, and I’m going to ask my supporters to do the same,” O’Leary said.

“This was not an easy decision for me to make but after much thought and deliberation, it is the right one for the Conservative party and the country.”

O’Leary’s announcement came hours after he took to Twitter asking for fundraising support for his campaign.