2024 US primaries, DeSantis withdraws from the race and supports Trump

The announcement in a video on social media

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has announced his withdrawal from the Republican primary race for the choice of candidate for the US presidency and announced that he would support former US president Donald Trump. DeSantis announced this in a video message published on social networks.

“I am proud that I have kept 100% of my promises and I will not stop now. It is clear to me that the majority of Republican primary voters want to give Donald Trump another chance… Even though I have had disagreements with Donald Trump , for example on the Coronavirus pandemic and his elevation of Anthony Fauci, Trump is superior to the current incumbent President Joe Biden. This is clear”, emphasizes DeSantis.

“I signed a pledge to support the Republican candidate and I will honor that pledge. He has my support, because we cannot return to the old guard Republicans of yore or the repackaged form of warmed-over corporatism that Nikki Haley represents.”

Who is Ron DeSantis

Ron DeSantis throws in the towel and will not participate in the race for the Republican nomination for the White House. Re-elected governor of Florida with record voting percentages, the 45-year-old Republican, of Italian origin on both his mother and father’s sidehad officially launched his campaign for the White House in May 2023, with the promise of replicating on a national level the battle against liberals, gays and in general everything that the right brands as ‘woke’ conducted in Florida.

A great opponent of the anti-Covid measures and closures adopted during the pandemic, throughout last summer DeSantis appeared as the most fearsome opponent for the tycoon, who in fact immediately made him the target of his attacks. Still second, but several dozen points behind Trump, in the polls, the Republican, however, had recently appeared less and less as a real alternative to the former president, also because he is targeting his own extremist and ideologically oriented voter base Sorceress.

Before being elected governor of Florida in 2018, then with the enthusiastic support of then President Trump, DeSantis has been a member of the House since 2013 and one of the founding members of the Freedom Caucus, the far-right faction of the Republican Party. Raised in Florida, he graduated from Yale Law and served in the Navy as a military lawyer. And in recent months he has sparked controversy with the work he has done with the inmates of the Guantanamo prison camp. He is married to former television journalist Jill Casey, he has three children.

The latest survey

Donald Trump leads by eleven points over Nikky Haley, two days before the Republican primaries in New Hampshire, the first real test for the race for the nomination for the White House after the caucuses a week ago in Iowa. According to a poll conducted by CNN and the University of New Hampshire, before DeSantis’ decision, the former American president would have had 50% of the votes against 39% for the former governor of South Carolina and former American ambassador to ‘Un. The governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, was therefore practically out of action, having retired today and remaining stuck at a paltry 6%. At the Iowa caucuses on January 15, Trump won by a landslide with 51%, followed, surprisingly, by DeSantis in second place, with 21%, while Haley came third with 19% of the votes.