Donald Trump achieved another victory on Tuesday, winning the New Hampshire Republican primary, just a week after his dominant performance in the Iowa caucuses.
The Associated Press announced Trump’s victory in New Hampshire even before most of the votes were counted. Nikki Haley, the former Governor of South Carolina and Trump’s UN ambassador, secured the second position.
The results in New Hampshire followed a week after Trump was declared the winner of the Iowa caucuses, just 31 minutes into the count. He received 51% of the votes, significantly ahead of Ron DeSantis, who got 21.3%, and Haley, who got 19.1%.
In the past few weeks, the Republican primary field has narrowed down to Trump and Haley as the two main contenders for the 2024 election. DeSantis, the most recent candidate to drop out, suspended his campaign on Sunday and endorsed Trump.
DeSantis, the 45-year-old right-wing Florida governor, shared a video on X, stating, “After our second-place finish in Iowa, we’ve reflected and considered our next steps. If there was anything more I could do to achieve a positive result, like more campaign stops or interviews, I would do it. But I can’t ask our supporters to give their time and resources.”
He continued, “We don’t see a clear path to victory. Therefore, I am suspending my campaign today.”
DeSantis then acknowledged that a majority of Republican primary voters seem to want to give Donald Trump another chance. He endorsed Trump, stating, “We can’t return to the old Republican guard of the past, a rehashed version of stale corporatism that Nikki Haley embodies.”