Florida Gov Ron DeSantis drops out of election race, endorses Donald Trump

DeSantis said that he is endorsing former President Donald Trump in his struggle for the White House

Republican presidential candidate, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to supporters during a campaign rally at the Courtyard by Marriott Nashua on January 19, 2024 in Nashua, New Hampshire. — AFP
Republican presidential candidate, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to supporters during a campaign rally at the Courtyard by Marriott Nashua on January 19, 2024 in Nashua, New Hampshire. — AFP

Florida Governor and Republican candidate for presidency Ron DeSantis ceased his bid for the White House Sunday as he could not garner support from the supporters of other contenders, terming that there is “no clear path to victory”. 

He also said that he is endorsing former President Donald Trump in his struggle for the White House.

The 45-year-old was considered as a powerful voice against the former president’s election campaign that he started in May last year. His online appearance at the beginning was marred by the glitches he encountered on the Twitter space — the platform now called X.

Donald Trump secured a landslide victory in Iowa last Tuesday, with 51% of Republicans choosing the four-time indicted over DeSantis, who secured 21%, and Haley 19%.

Ron DeSantis said on X: “Now, following our second-place finish in Iowa, we’ve prayed and deliberated on the way forward,” the Florida Governor said, adding that “if there was anything I could do to produce a favorable outcome, more campaign stops, more interviews, I would do it.”

Republican presidential candidate and former President Donald Trump talks to supporters during a campaign rally at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel on January 17, 2024. — AFP
Republican presidential candidate and former President Donald Trump talks to supporters during a campaign rally at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel on January 17, 2024. — AFP

“But I can’t ask our supporters to volunteer their time and donate their resources. We don’t have a clear path to victory. Accordingly, I am today suspending my campaign,” a one-time ally of Trump said during his video message on X.

“It’s clear to me that a majority of Republican primary voters want to give Donald Trump another chance,” he stated. “

The announcement came less than two days before the New Hampshire primary, where polls showed DeSantis far behind ex-president Trump and former UN ambassador Nikki Haley.

“He has my endorsement because we can’t go back to the old Republican guard of yesteryear, a repackaged form of warmed-over corporatism that Nikki Haley represents,” DeSantis said while criticising the former US ambassador to the United Nations.

Never has any candidate lost the race after triumphing the first two states, and Trump would almost certainly declare the Republican nomination over with a victory in New Hampshire.

Haley had largely refrained from hitting out at Trump’s many controversies surrounding his candidacy, but in the past week began questioning his mental acuity, making comparisons between the ex-president and the 81-year-old incumbent Democrat Joe Biden.

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