April 18, 2024

Republican presidential candidate Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a marketing campaign occasion on the Chrome Horse Saloon on January 14, 2024 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis dropped out of the 2024 presidential race and endorsed front-runner Donald Trump on Sunday, two days earlier than the New Hampshire major.

“If there was something I may do to provide a good consequence — extra marketing campaign stops, extra interviews — I might do it, however I can’t ask our supporters to volunteer their time and donate their sources if we don’t have a transparent path to victory,” DeSantis mentioned in a Sunday social media post. “Accordingly, I’m right now suspending my marketing campaign.”

“Trump is superior to the present incumbent Joe Biden. That’s clear,” DeSantis mentioned. “I signed a pledge to help the Republican nominee and I’ll honor that pledge. He has my endorsement as a result of we are able to’t return to the previous Republican Guard of yesteryear, a repackaged type of warmed over corporatism that Nikki Haley represents.”

Regardless of claiming a victory on the Iowa caucuses on Jan. 15 the place he edged out former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley for second place, DeSantis has severely lagged his opponents in New Hampshire.

DeSantis was polling at 6% within the Granite State, in comparison with Trump’s 50% and Haley’s 39%, in response to a CNN/College of New Hampshire ballot carried out between Jan. 16 and 19.

Haley mentioned Sunday that the 2024 election is now a “two particular person race,” reacting to DeSantis suspending his marketing campaign.

Since Iowa, the DeSantis marketing campaign has seemed to be winding down. The professional-DeSantis tremendous PAC, By no means Again Down, laid off workers earlier this week and DeSantis canceled a number of media appearances he had scheduled Sunday.

It marks the tip of a marketing campaign that originally confirmed promise however has been rife with inner drama and strategic blunders.

It is a growing story. Verify again for extra updates.