- Nikki Haley will now face Donald Trump head-to-head in the GOP presidential contest after Ron DeSantis withdrew.
- The former president is expected to receive his third consecutive GOP nomination.
- A growing number of Republican senators and governors have embraced Trump in the last few weeks.
Former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley will now face Donald Trump head-to-head in the GOP presidential contest after Florida governor Ron DeSantis withdrew, setting up a matchup that Trump’s rivals had been waiting for since the 2016 primary.
The former president is expected to receive his third consecutive GOP nomination, despite this departure. DeSantis’s loss of support in South Carolina and New Hampshire means that his withdrawal is unlikely to have a major impact on the relative strength of Trump and Haley in both races.
New Hampshire primary
The true effect of DeSantis’ resignation might be to confirm the growing sentiment among the GOP leadership that they should close the race quickly to concentrate on the general election against President Joe Biden. DeSantis had been criticizing Trump harshly.
A growing number of Republican senators and governors have embraced Trump in the last few weeks, sending this message already. The clamor from Republicans demanding that Haley give in to Trump should she lose in New Hampshire might become unbearable.
To make a strong statement to both parties, undeclared voter Danielle Brown plans to support former governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley.
The outcome of her campaign and her chances in New Hampshire will probably depend on the number of independent voters who support her in the state’s primary on Tuesday. Nearly 40% of New Hampshire voters, or 344,335 people, were listed as undeclared as of Friday.
From the suburbs to the coast, Haley’s team is focusing on Republicans and undeclared voters, especially in precincts where Trump did worse than other Republicans.
In a Monday interview, former President Donald Trump stated that he found it “extremely unlikely” that, should he win the nomination, he would choose Florida Governor Ron DeSantis as his running mate or, should he win, for a Cabinet post.