Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspends presidential campaign, endorses Donald Trump

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaking at Lynchburg^ Virginia^ on April 14^ 2023.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaking at Lynchburg^ Virginia^ on April 14^ 2023.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended his presidential campaign on Sunday, just two days before the New Hampshire primary, and endorsed former president Donald Trump.

DeSantis made the announcement in a video on X, which he captioned: ““Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill”

In the video, DeSantis said: “Now, following our second-place finish in Iowa, we’ve prayed and deliberated on the way forward. 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. We don’t have a clear path to victory. Accordingly, I am today suspending my campaign. It’s clear to me that a majority of Republican primary voters want to give Donald Trump another chance. He has my endorsement because we can’t go back to the old Republican guard of yesteryear, or repackage formed of warmed-over corporatism that Nikki Haley represents.”

DeSantis originally positioned himself as an alternative to Trump, however, was unable to capture support from Rebpulicans. DeSantis entered the Republican presidential race after achieving a blowout 2022 re-election win in Florida, but was only able to take a distant second-place finish in the Iowa caucuses. DeSantis has two years remaining in his second and final term as the governor of Florida.

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