Stephen Colbert has abandoned his quest for the White House after he was barred from the Democratic ballot in South Carolina last week.

His announcement came after the South Carolina Democratic Executive Council voted last week to keep the host of “The Colbert Report” off the state’s primary ballot. The vote was 13-3.

“Although I lost by the slimmest margin in presidential election history—only 10 votes—I have chosen not to put the country through another agonizing Supreme Court battle,” Colbert said Monday in a statement. “It is time for this nation to heal.”

The Democratic front-runners can now breathe a little easier.

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