Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is withdrawing his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. The 45-year-old politician announced this in a video statement on Sunday, which was seen on platform X.
“I cannot ask our supporters for their time and donations when there is no clear path for us to victory,” DeSantis said. He sees that the majority of Republicans want to “give Donald Trump a second chance.” He accepts that. Although he had differences of opinion with Trump, for example during the corona pandemic, he supports his candidacy from now on, said DeSantis.
In the Republicans’ first preliminary decision in the US state of Iowa, DeSantis was around 30 percentage points behind the favorite Donald Trump and came in second place just ahead of Nikki Haley. Haley, a former UN ambassador and former governor, remains in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
Everything currently indicates that the presidential election in November will see a new edition of the election campaign between Trump and the Democratic incumbent Joe Biden.
DeSantis also attacked Haley in his message. Trump has his support because you “cannot go back to the old Republican guard,” said DeSantis. This also includes Nikki Haley. Haley, in turn, intensified her verbal attacks on Trump over the weekend and questioned the 77-year-old’s mental state and his suitability for another term as president.
DeSantis’ withdrawal comes just two days before the New Hampshire Republican primary. After the US midterm elections in November 2022, when DeSantis was re-elected governor, it looked for a few months as if he might challenge Trump’s candidacy. But DeSantis also had a reputation for being wooden in his personal dealings with voters.