After failing to emerge as a major opponent for the White House against the 77-year-old former president, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has endorsed Donald Trump and halted his campaign for the Republican nomination for president of the United States of America just before the New Hampshire primary.
The decision made by DeSantis came less than two days before the New Hampshire primary, in which polls showed him to be a significant distance behind the frontrunner, Donald Trump, and Nikki Haley, who had previously served as the United Nations Ambassador.
In a video that was uploaded to X on Sunday, the 45-year-old candidate stated, “It is abundantly clear to me that the majority of Republican primary voters want to give Donald Trump another chance.”
In the video, DeSantis continued his attack on Haley, who has been his closest challenger for second place in the primary race for a long time. He stated that Republicans “can’t go back to the old Republican guard of yesteryear, a repackaged form of warmed-over corporatism that Nikki Haley represents.”
Trump put aside months of criticism and mockery of DeSantis to laud the governor during a rally that took place on Sunday evening in Rochester, New Hampshire.
He stated that he was looking forward to working together with DeSantis to defeat President Joe Biden, who is almost certainly going to be the Democratic Presidential nominee.
In an effort to win the New Hampshire primary, Trump accused Haley of forging a “unholy alliance” with liberals, never-Trump supporters, and so-called RINOs, which stands for Republicans in Name Only.
Early primary surveys indicated that DeSantis was in a great position to defeat Trump, who is currently facing various legal suits, including one for influence in the 2020 presidential election. This was the case when DeSantis entered the race for the presidency in 2024.
With a considerable legislative record on topics that are important to many conservatives, such as abortion and the teaching of race and gender issues in schools, the governor of Florida was able to build a campaign war fund that was well in excess of one hundred million dollars.
From a high-profile announcement on X that was beset by technological issues to repeated shifts in his team and campaign strategy, DeSantis struggled to find his footing in the primary for a number of reasons.
It was by a margin of thirty percentage points that he was defeated by Trump in the Iowa caucuses, which he had sworn to win. Haley came in second place.
In debates and advertisements, DeSantis and Haley routinely attacked each other, and they did it in a manner that was frequently more direct than their attacks on Trump.
According to David Kochel, a Republican strategist who has worked on five different presidential campaigns, it is highly unlikely that the departure of DeSantis will alter the fundamental contours of the campaign. This is because his support has significantly decreased.
Trump vs Haley
In New Hampshire, Trump is now leading Haley by a margin of more than ten points, according to surveys, and his campaign staff is hoping that if they win for the second time in a row, it would almost certainly result in him being nominated for president.
At the same time that Haley was being referred to as “the candidate of the globalists and Democrats,” the campaign of the former reality TV star pushed Republicans to align themselves with him.
In the statement, it was stated that “it is time to choose wisely.”
Even in South Carolina, where the election is scheduled to take place on February 24, Trump has a dominating advantage.
In the event that Haley were to suffer a defeat in her home state, which she served as governor of from 2011 to 2017, it would most likely be the end of her candidacy.
Given the limited amount of time available, Haley has intensified her attacks on Trump, pointing the finger of blame at the former president for the election losses suffered by the Republican Party in the years 2020 and 2022 and criticizing his adulation for authoritarian governments.
Haley wrote in a statement that the United States of America is “not a country of coronations.”
To this point, only one state has cast a vote. Some of its votes were cast for Donald Trump, while others were not cast for him… “The people who vote deserve to have a say in whether we continue down the path that Trump and Biden have taken, or whether we take a new path that is more conservative,” she said.
As a result of DeSantis’s decision to withdraw from the campaign for the presidential nomination, his political future is also subject to uncertainty. The 45-year-old governor of Florida is limited to serving a maximum of two terms in office.
January 2027 marks the end of his most recent term.