Tim Scott, a Republican from South Carolina, threw his support behind Donald Trump, a former president, during a rally in New Hampshire on Friday night. He did so in place of Nikki Haley, a fellow South Carolinian.
Scott stated, “I came to the very warm state of New Hampshire to endorse the next president of these United States, President Donald Trump.” New Hampshire is a state that is known for its warm climate.
Following Vivek Ramaswamy’s decision on Monday to withdraw from the campaign for the presidency of the Republican Party in 2024 and declare his support for Trump following the Iowa caucuses, he is the most recent in a series of former Republican presidential competitors to endorse Trump.
Doug Burgum, the governor of North Dakota, has expressed his support for Trump as well.
However, Scott, who is from South Carolina, is a more desirable candidate in front of the primary election in his home state, which will take place on February 24.
As governor of the state, Haley appointed him to his Senate position in 2012, although Scott went on to win re-election many times in his own right. He endorsed Trump over Haley, who appointed him to his Senate seat until then.
The statement was made by Haley earlier on Friday in response to Scott’s intentions to endorse Trump.
We need a president who will close our southern border.
We need a president today who will stop the crime in the streets.
We need Donald Trump!
That is why I am officially endorsing Donald J. Trump for President of the United States.
— Tim Scott (@votetimscott) January 20, 2024
“Interesting that Trump’s lining up with all the Washington insiders when he claimed he wanted to drain the swamp,” Haley remarked. “However, the guys are going to do what they are going to do,” the speaker said.
A source involved in Scott’s decision-making process told NBC News that Scott made his final choice to support Trump on Friday morning.
This decision came after the former president and Haley approached him earlier this week to inquire about the possibility of an endorsing endorsement. Since the month of December, DeSantis had not made a direct request for Scott’s support throughout this time.
In addition to the event that will take place in New Hampshire on Friday night, discussions are currently taking place over the possibility of Scott joining Trump once more on either Sunday or Monday.
In addition, Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, Governor Henry McMaster of South Carolina, and three Republican representatives from the state of South Carolina have all endorsed Donald Trump. Rep. Ralph Norman, a Republican from South Carolina, is the only member of Congress to support Haley.
There are currently 26 out of 49 Republicans in the Senate who are officially supporting Trump.
The support of Scott comes only four days before the primary election in New Hampshire, where Trump is hoping to further capitalize on his resounding victory in the Iowa caucuses.