DeSantis Exits Presidential Race, Endorses Trump; Haley Set For Hail Mary in New Hampshire


FILE - Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, right and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, left, pointing at each other during the CNN Republican presidential debate at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 10, 2024. As Republican primary voters prepare to cast ballots for who they believe should lead the U.S. into its future, leading candidates are struggling to discuss key elements of the nation’s past. DeSantis, Haley and former President Donald Trump have all raised eyebrows with rhetoric on the Civil War and slavery. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
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After a tough loss in the Iowa primary, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has stepped out of the presidential race, throwing his support behind former President Donald Trump.

“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,” he said in a video posted on X (formerly Twitter).

The field now narrows to two main contenders, former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley and Trump, battling for the Republican nomination. The next critical battleground is New Hampshire, with their primary taking place on Tuesday.

Following a third-place finish in Iowa, where Trump led by over 50 percent, Haley is pinning her hopes on New Hampshire to revive her campaign. However, time may not be on her side. A recent Suffolk University/NBC10 Boston/Boston Globe poll shows Trump leading Haley by a significant margin, 57 to 38 percent.

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump takes the stage at a caucus night party in Des Moines, Iowa, Monday, Jan. 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Despite these odds, Haley’s team says she’s forging ahead, determined to shake up the race, reaching out to a diverse group of voters, and focusing largely on the independent electorate.

The question is, can Haley’s strategy impact Trump’s dominance?

Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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