Ron DeSantis, Florida state governor and candidate for president, has official dropped out of the presidential primary race.
Today, January 21, Ron DeSantis took to X and posted a video suspending his campaign for president and endorsing President Donald Trump.
DeSantis’ announcement comes just 2 days before New Hampshire will have their primary election.
In his video on X, DeSantis states, “Now, following our second-place finish in Iowa, we’ve prayed and deliberated on the way forward. If there was anything I could do to produce a favorable outcome, more campaign stops, more interviews, I would do it. 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.”
He went on to say, “Its clear to me that a majority of Republican primary voters want to give Donald Trump another chance. 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.”
Speculation began arising on whether he would drop out of the race, early Sunday morning as he canceled Sunday morning television interviews. By Sunday afternoon he made the decision to exit the race and endorse Donald Trump moving forward.
Though DeSantis came in second in Iowa to Trump, his percentage posed a large dip below that of Donald Trump who had 51% to DeSantis’ 21%.
This withdrawal from the race by DeSantis will likely benefit Donald Trump as both share a base out of Florida.
Ron DeSantis joins the pool of other candidate dropouts; Asa Hutchinson (former governor of Arkansas), Chris Christie (former governor of New Jersey), Doug Burgum (governor of North Dakota), Mike Pence (former vice president to Donald Trump), Tim Scott (U.S. senator South Carolina), and Vivek Ramaswamy (entrepreneur from Ohio).
Donald Trump and Nikki Haley are the lone candidates remaining for the Republican primary presidential bid. New Hampshire is the next state to hold their Presidential Primary on January 23, 2024.