On the eve of the New Hampshire primary, Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis announced his surrender. The Florida governor was seen as one of former President Donald Trump’s main rivals.
“I will be suspending my campaign today,” he said in a video on Channel X. “It’s clear to me that the majority of Republican voters want to give Donald Trump another chance.” He calls on his followers to support the former president.
Now that DeSantis has suspended his campaign, former UN Ambassador and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is Trump’s only serious challenger. Last week’s Iowa caucuses were disappointing for the Florida governor. He had spent more than half of his campaign budget on campaigning in the state, but narrowly beat Haley with 21.2 percent of the vote. Then I got 19.1 percent. The biggest winner in Iowa was Donald Trump, with 51% of the vote.
However, DeSantis performed disastrously in New Hampshire polls. In the average FiveThirtyEight poll, there is roughly 30 percentage points between him and Haley. Here too, Trump is back in the lead again.
After the 2022 midterm elections, Florida’s governor appeared to be the Republican best qualified to challenge the former president. DeSantis presents himself as a right-wing hero and proud promoter of Trumpism. He opposes everything he considers “woke,” such as education about gender or race.