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Will Hurd, a former Republican presidential candidate, hopes that some of the other GOP candidates will do what he did.
Hurd, who was a CIA agent and is now a three-term congressman from Texas, gave up on his longshot bid for the Republican nomination in 2024 last month.
“It has become clear to me and my team that the time has come to suspend our campaign,” Hurd said as he dropped out of the race.
Now, the anti-Trumper is calling on the other 2024 GOP candidates to drop out and consolidate so that they can defeat former President Donald Trump, who is the frontrunner by a long shot.
“It’s hard to put aside your own personal ambitions and ego, but this is about the country, this is about making sure that we have another 247 years of a country, of a way of life that has become the envy of the world, and that’s what we need to focus on,” he said.
In the last few days of his campaign, the former congressman backed Nikki Haley. He was at the debate as a representative for the former two-term South Carolina governor, who later became Trump’s ambassador to the UN.
“Nikki Haley’s the only person who can beat Donald Trump and Joe Biden, and that’s where I hope some of these candidates can consolidate around. And tonight she showed her grasp of the issues,” Hurd emphasized. “We’re living in a dangerous world. It’s only going to get more dangerous, and Nikki Haley’s ready to lead on day one.”
Aside from Hurd, the other candidates who didn’t make it to the debate stage and have given up on running for president are Francis Suarez, mayor of Miami, Perry Johnson, business leader and quality control expert, and Larry Elder, candidate for governor of California in 2021 and former conservative talk radio host.
As for his own political future, Hurd told Fox News, “I’ve been fortunate to have some great experiences. I love my country, and if I can serve my country, I’ll always evaluate it. Right now, it’s trying to help Nikki Haley however I can, take my wife on a honeymoon, and then we’ll go from there.”
2024 Watch-Now on @FoxNews – Former #GOP presidential candidate @WillHurd urges some of the remaining White House contenders to follow in his footsteps to further consolidate the Republican field https://t.co/4kKz4SDZQu #2024Election #FITN #iacaucus #scpol #nvpol #FoxNews pic.twitter.com/5i7NJ82QHj
— Paul Steinhauser (@steinhauserNH1) November 10, 2023
According to new polls by The New York Times and Siena College, the results indicate that Biden is trailing Trump by margins ranging from four to ten percentage points in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, and Pennsylvania.
The poll found that Biden leads only in Wisconsin, where he leads by two percentage points. Across the six battlegrounds—all of which Biden carried in 2020—the president trails by an average of 48 to 44 percent.
In the Times/Siena poll, discontent is pervasive; most respondents claim that Biden’s policies have negatively impacted them personally, the New York Times reported.
The survey results reveal a wide range of Biden’s shortcomings, and worries about the president’s aging and mental capacity are just the beginning. Sixty-two percent of respondents felt that Mr. Biden lacked the “mental sharpness” necessary to be an effective leader.
The poll also shows how much the coalition of different races and generations that supported Biden in his election is eroding.
Now, there is much more competition among the demographic groups that supported Biden by wide margins in 2020 because two-thirds of voters believe the nation is headed in the wrong direction.
Biden’s lead among Hispanic voters is in the single digits; his advantage in urban areas is half of Trump’s edge in rural areas; and he is only slightly preferred by voters under thirty.
Men favored Trump by twice as much as women did, reversing the gender advantage that had driven so many Democratic victories in recent years, even though women still supported Biden.
Long a pillar of support for Democrats and Biden, black voters are now giving Trump 22 percent of the vote in these states, a percentage never before seen in presidential politics for a Republican in modern times.
Trump has a six-point lead in Nevada, five in Georgia, five in Arizona, five in Michigan, and four in Pennsylvania when you add it all up.
In Wisconsin, Biden had a two-point advantage.
It did not take long for Trump to take to his Truth Social website and post the results of the poll.
Biden trailed more in swing states with greater diversity, and he only led in the whitest of the six states, in an astonishing indication of a slow racial realignment between the two parties.
The poll indicated that a majority of voters who feel the country is headed in the wrong direction are venting their resentment at the president.
The poll demonstrates how, despite Trump’s four criminal indictments and 2024 trial, Biden starts the following year behind.
Should the poll’s findings hold true in November of next year, Trump is expected to secure over 300 Electoral College votes, significantly surpassing the 270 required to win the presidency.
The fact that voters of all income levels believed that Trump’s policies had benefited them personally while Biden’s policies had hurt them personally is another worrying indicator for Democrats.
Voters gave Trump a 17-point advantage for helping them and Biden an 18-point disadvantage for hurting them, resulting in a mirror-opposite outcome.
Regarding the economy, voters preferred Trump over Biden by a margin of 59 percent to 37 percent, the greatest difference on any issue.
On economic issues, the electorate as a whole—men and women, college graduates and non-grads, all age groups and income brackets—preferred Trump.