Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has suspended his 2024 presidential campaign and thrown his support behind President Trump.
DeSantis made the announcement in a video message shared on social media just before the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday.
Quoting Winston Churchill, DeSantis stated, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that count.”
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”— Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantis) January 21, 2024
– Winston Churchill pic.twitter.com/ECoR8YeiMm
NBC News reported:
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, once seen as the most formidable opponent to Donald Trump in the Republican presidential primary, suspended his race Sunday and endorsed the former president.
The move comes two days before the New Hampshire primary.
DeSantis made the announcement in a video on the social media platform X — the same social media platform where he did his glitchy rollout of his White House bid.
DeSantis sought to position himself as an alternative to Trump, trying to cast himself as a politically successful heir to the MAGA movement and its preferred policies without Trump’s baggage. But in his bid to court Trump’s supporters, DeSantis was slow to meaningfully criticize the former president and was unable to peel away enough of his support. DeSantis’ embrace of hard-right policies also led moderate Republicans and independents to look elsewhere in their search for a candidate to steer the GOP in a different direction than Trump.
Just moments earlier, Bloomberg had reported that he was planning to drop out and throw his support behind President Trump in the coming days, citing “people briefed on the campaign’s conversations.”
“Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and his top aides are having internal discussions about when and how he should drop out of the 2024 presidential race, according to people briefed on the campaign’s conversations.”
Many on social media pointed out that DeSantis had cleared his campaign calendar over the weekend.