Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has officially withdrawn from the presidential race and has publicly endorsed former President Donald Trump. He announced the suspension of his campaign in a four-minute video, just two days before the New Hampshire primary.
In his video, DeSantis reiterated many conservative viewpoints on issues such as border security, urban decay, and the indoctrination of children by progressive ideologies. Following a defeat in Iowa, where Trump secured more than twice as many votes as DeSantis, his team concluded that there was no feasible way to turn the race in their favor.
Despite past policy disagreements with Trump, the 45-year-old DeSantis is setting those aside for the benefit of the party, implying that another four years with Joe Biden as President would be undesirable.
Aligning oneself with the leading candidate is a common strategy in politics. Notably, DeSantis refrained from criticizing Trump in the lead-up to the primaries, unlike Nikki Haley, the last significant contender against Trump.
Haley, who finished third in Iowa and lagged significantly behind Trump in the polls, did not receive DeSantis’s support. The two had a heated exchange in the last Republican debate, with DeSantis accusing Haley of being influenced by her financial backers and Haley calling DeSantis a liar.
With another candidate out and the polls heavily favoring Trump, it raises the question of how soon the primaries will become mere formalities.