Florida Governor Ron DeSantis gave up his campaign for the presidency of the United States on Sunday (21) and announced that he supports former President Donald Trump in the Republican Party race.
As a result, the decision was taken after defeat in the party’s first primaries, in the state of Iowa, last Monday (15). Despite achieving second place, DeSantis was still 30 percentage points behind the former president.
Thus, after a quiet victory in his reelection as governor of Florida in 2022, DeSantis was considered by many to be the strongest name within the party to face Trump in the Republican primaries.
“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 if we don’t have a clear path to victory.” Therefore, I am suspending my campaign today,” DeSantis said in a video posted on social media.
With that, on the news channel Fox News, Trump stated that he was “very honored” with the support of his former competitor. “I look forward to working with him to defeat Joe Biden, who is the worst and most corrupt president in our country’s history.”
In the withdrawal video, DeSantis also mentioned another competitor in the Republican primary, former US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.
“I signed a pledge to support the Republican candidate and I will honor that. He has my support, because we cannot go back to the old guard Republican ways of the past, a repackaged package of warmed-over corporatism that Nikki Haley represents.”
With her withdrawal, Haley becomes Trump’s main competitor within the Republican Party. She reacted to the news at a campaign event in the state of New Hampshire.
“I want to tell Ron that he ran a great race. He has been a good governor and we wish him the best. That said, he is now one fellow and one lady left,” the pre-candidate told supporters.