Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced the suspension of his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in a video message on Sunday. Following his second-place finish in the Iowa caucuses, DeSantis cited the lack of a clear path to victory as the reason for his decision.
DeSantis expressed his support for front-runner Donald Trump, acknowledging differences in their views, particularly on the coronavirus pandemic. He endorsed Trump, emphasizing the need to avoid returning to the “old Republican guard” represented by Nikki Haley.
The withdrawal from the race comes just days before the New Hampshire primary, where DeSantis trailed Trump and Haley in polls. In the video, he stated, “I won’t ask our supporters to volunteer their time and donate their resources if we don’t have a clear path to victory.”
Nikki Haley responded to DeSantis’s decision, acknowledging his role as governor and wishing him well. She emphasized the ongoing nature of the primary season, stating, “We’re not a country of coronations. Voters deserve a say.”
Trump, securing a decisive victory in Iowa with 51% of Republican voters, remains a formidable force in the primary. DeSantis’s endorsement adds momentum to Trump’s campaign, positioning him as a strong contender in the Republican nomination race.
DeSantis concluded his video with a commitment to continue fighting for the values he believes in, thanking his supporters and highlighting his family’s role in the campaign.