Ron DeSantis withdraws from presidential race and endorses Trump

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has announced his withdrawal from the 2024 presidential race and has thrown his support behind former President Donald Trump. This comes ahead of the New Hampshire Republican primary, where DeSantis was polling in single digits. Once a strong contender for the party’s nomination, DeSantis cited a lack of clear path to victory as his reason for dropping out.

Former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley, who narrowly finished behind DeSantis in the Iowa caucuses, has positioned herself as the “only one” able to defeat President Joe Biden in the New Hampshire primary. With DeSantis out of the race, Haley will now face off against Trump in the upcoming contest.

In his announcement, DeSantis praised Trump as the clear frontrunner and endorsed his bid for the presidency. Desantis acknowledged his disagreements with the former president but highlighted that Trump was superior to Biden, the likely Democratic nominee.

Trump, in response to DeSantis’s withdrawal, lauded his former opponent and described him as a “terrific person.” He also garnered support from his base, with attendees at his New Hampshire rally expressing their belief that Trump is the only candidate who can save the country at this time.

After DeSantis’ announcement, the Trump campaign called on all Republicans to stand behind Trump, characterizing Haley as a candidate of globalists and Democrats.

Looking ahead, the race for the Republican presidential nomination appears to be heading towards a showdown between Trump and Haley. With DeSantis out of the race, this makes the path clearer for the two candidates. Even though he narrowly finished ahead of Haley in the recent Iowa caucuses, it is clear that Trump is the frontrunner in the race.

With DeSantis’s campaign coming to an end, Trump and Haley are now the main contenders for the Republican nomination. This development sets the stage for a potentially decisive battle between the two candidates in the upcoming primaries. The outcome in New Hampshire could serve as a critical turning point in the race for the Republican nomination.

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