Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump were running neck and neck in the polls. In a few polls, DeSantis was leading.
Then DeSantis started his campaign for president and it’s been downhill ever since.
Today, the Florida governor dropped out of the 2024 presidential race and endorsed Trump.
Here is NBC News:
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, once seen as the most formidable opponent to Donald Trump in the Republican presidential primary, suspended his campaign Sunday and endorsed the former president.
The move comes two days before the New Hampshire primary.
DeSantis made the announcement in a video on X — the same social media platform where he did the glitchy rollout of his White House bid.
“Now, following our second-place finish in Iowa, we’ve prayed and deliberated on the way forward,” he said. “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.”
“It’s clear to me that a majority of Republican primary voters want to give Donald Trump another chance,” he said, adding: “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.”
Read the rest here.
Stay tuned. I am guessing most of DeSantis’s votes in New Hampshire and elsewhere will now to go to Trump. The anti-Trump GOP vote will now coalesce behind Nikki Haley.