DeSantis ends presidential campaign, endorses Trump

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ended his failed presidential campaign Sunday, leaving South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley as the sole competitor to Donald Trump.
ESTERO, FL – OCTOBER 31: President Donald Trump greets Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis during a campaign rally at the Hertz Arena on October 31, 2018 in Estero, Florida. President Trump continues traveling across America to help get the vote out for Republican candidates running for office. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Key Takeaways
  • DeSantis made the announcement in a video posted Sunday to X, in which he conceded his campaign does not “have a clear path to victory.”
  • The Florida governor endorsed Trump, declaring he “is superior to the current incumbent, Joe Biden.”
  • The announcement comes just two days before the primary in New Hampshire—where DeSantis is polling in the single digits—and less than a week after he placed second in the Iowa caucuses, netting 21% of votes compared to Trump’s 51%.
  • DeSantis posted the video moments after the New York Times reported he was preparing to drop out of the race Sunday.
  • DeSantis, once seen as the most formidable challenger to Trump, has been on a downward spiral almost since the moment he launched his campaign in May, suffering a series of embarrassments and missteps, including internal strife among his allies, one-time backers distancing themselves from him and relentless attacks from Trump, all while waging a polarizing culture war in Florida.

This is a developing story. More to come.