Instead, the powerful lawmaker, who has played the role of kingmaker in past Senate races, tipped his hat at the GOP field, noting he preferred any conservative to President Obama. 

“We’ve got some great conservative leaders in the Republican primary, and they’d all be much better than President Obama,” said DeMint. 

DeMint said he will refocus his attention and political clout on the upper chamber, which Republicans have a shot at recapturing in next year's elections. 

“The Senate is just as critical to the future of our nation, and we need more leaders like Mike LeeMike LeeBooker is taking orders from corporate pharmaceuticals Paul, Lee call on Trump to work with Congress on foreign policy Right renews push for term limits as Trump takes power MORE and Rand PaulRand PaulDems blast Trump plans for deep spending cuts Trump team prepares dramatic cuts Paul, Lee call on Trump to work with Congress on foreign policy MORE who will fight the big spenders in both nations,” he said, referring to two of his Senate allies. 

DeMint’s powerful Senate Conservatives Fund distributed million of dollars to several conservative candidates during the last election, and played a signficant role in the rise of Tea Party politicians in the Senate.