As Sen. Ran Paul (R-Ky.) traveled Des Moines on Thursday, preparing for the debate, he probably did not know it would be one of his final days on the trail for the 2016 cycle.
TheBlaze spent much of the day with Paul and his staff as he visited campaign headquarters, attended a energetic rally, and did media hits leading up to the debate.
On Wednesday, the libertarian-minded senator announced he was ending his bid for the GOP nomination.
"Today, I will end where I began, ready and willing to fight for the cause of Liberty," he said.