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Ron DeSantis is no longer running for President.
In a Twitter video, DeSantis announced he is dropping his presidential campaign.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
– Winston Churchill pic.twitter.com/ECoR8YeiMm
— Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantis) January 21, 2024
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, once seen as the most formidable opponent to Donald Trump in the Republican presidential primary, suspended his race Sunday and endorsed the former president.
The move comes two days before the New Hampshire primary.
DeSantis made the announcement in a video on the social media platform X — the same social media platform where he did his glitchy rollout of his White House bid.
DeSantis sought to position himself as an alternative to Trump, trying to cast himself as a politically successful heir to the MAGA movement and its preferred policies without Trump’s baggage. But in his bid to court Trump’s supporters, DeSantis was slow to meaningfully criticize the former president and was unable to peel away enough of his support. DeSantis’ embrace of hard-right policies also led moderate Republicans and independents to look elsewhere in their search for a candidate to steer the GOP in a different direction than Trump.
He also endorsed Donald Trump.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended his 2024 presidential campaign Sunday and endorsed Donald Trump days before the New Hampshire primary, announcing his exit in a video on X.
DeSantis’ announcement will give Trump an added boost ahead of the New Hampshire contest where he is looking to effectively end the GOP primary with a large win over former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley.
DeSantis campaigned aggressively in Iowa, but came in second behind Trump by about 30 percentage points.