Suspending a Campaign Law and Legal Definition

Candidates seeking the Democratic or Republican nomination can suspend their campaign, if they want to keep open the option of reviving it at a later date or play the role of power-broker at the party convention.

Candidates who have suspended their campaigns are able to direct their pledged delegates to support one of the other candidates for the nomination at the convention. These delegate-votes may serve as a bargaining chip, if the candidate wants the promise of a job in the eventual nominee's possible future administration.