Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has officially withdrawn from the 2024 Republican presidential race, announcing his decision just days before the critical New Hampshire primary. Despite once being seen as a strong contender, DeSantis cited a lack of a “clear path to victory” as the primary reason for his exit. In a nearly five-minute video on X (formerly Twitter), he threw his support behind former President Donald Trump, acknowledging Trump’s frontrunner status after winning the first contest in Iowa.
In response, Donald Trump expressed gratitude for DeSantis’s endorsement during a rally in New Hampshire, describing him as a “really terrific person” and commending his campaign efforts. With DeSantis out of the race, Nikki Haley remains the last significant challenger to Trump, emphasizing her ability to defeat President Joe Biden in the general election.
DeSantis took a swipe at Haley, labeling her as a member of the “old Republican guard” and criticizing her as a “repackaged form of warmed-over corporatism.” The Trump campaign urged Republicans to rally behind Trump, characterizing Haley as “the candidate of the globalists and Democrats.”
DeSantis’s sudden exit has left observers questioning the dynamics of the campaign. Despite his initial strong position, he faced challenges, including technical glitches and staff upheavals. Trump maintains a double-digit lead over Haley in New Hampshire polls, aiming for a second consecutive win in the state to solidify his nomination. Haley, facing an uphill battle, must secure victory in South Carolina to remain relevant.
As the campaign intensifies, Haley has sharpened her attacks on Trump, holding him responsible for Republican losses and presenting herself as a conservative alternative. She challenges the notion of Trump’s inevitability, emphasizing that the United States is “not a country of coronations.” The dynamics of the race are closely watched, with DeSantis’s departure potentially reshaping the landscape in the lead-up to the primaries.