With a twist that shocked both his supporters and his opponents yesterday afternoon Ron De Santis He retired from the race to primaries republicans. The underlying reasons for the withdrawal are not yet clear, whether it was a move to avoid the humiliation of being defeated in tomorrow’s New Hampshire primary, or whether there was pressure from within the Republican Party. The result is that, in a 4 and a half minute video released on social media, De Santis announces his farewell to the electoral campaign and gives his endorsement to Donald Trump.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
– Winston Churchill pic.twitter.com/ECoR8YeiMm
— Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantis) January 21, 2024
“Nikki Haley is a Democrat!”, Trump thundered in one of his recent rallies, certainly not forgetting that he had proposed her the role of Secretary of State in 2016, but Trump is skilled at manipulating reality and his hyperbole always has an grain of truth. Nikki Haley is in fact the only candidate who could attract both the vote of moderate Republicans (and there are quite a few who can’t stand Trump), both gods Democrats who would gladly vote for the Republicans rather than for Biden, and who with De Santis out of the picture see in Haley a real alternative to the hated Donald.
Of course, for now the polls always show Trump in the lead, but it will take a few days for the new polls to reshape themselves on the new two-way race. Trumpin addition to his personal myth, he can count on the declared support of 24 senators and 111 representatives who can do a lot in terms of local propaganda, but as was the case for Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in 2016, infinite factors can influence the vote making the result unexpected ending.
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