DeSantis’ Withdrawal from GOP Primary Increases Trump’s Chances

Posted on: January 22, 2024, 08:50h. 

Last updated on: January 22, 2024, 08:50h.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis ended his 2024 presidential campaign, throwing his support behind former President Donald Trump. DeSantis garnered 21.2% of the Iowa caucus vote, far behind Trump at 51%. Just two days before the New Hampshire primary — and polling showing the governor commanding just 7.5% of likely voters — DeSantis decided to suspend his presidential campaign.

DeSantis said Nikki Haley, the only other major candidate remaining in the primary race, represents the “old Republican guard of yesteryear” and is a “repackaged form of warmed-over corporatism.”

Trump welcomed DeSantis’ backing and pledged to end the use of the “DeSanctimonious” nickname. DeSantis lent his endorsement despite the two engaging in a bitter dispute since the Florida governor in May 2023 announced his intent to seek the White House. The former president called DeSantis “a really terrific person” and “very gracious.”

Trump Odds Shorten

The faction of GOP voters who are “never Trump” wanted this scenario — Trump vs. a consolidated single challenger. Whether Haley can win over DeSantis’ supporters will be seen in the coming weeks.

On the market, “Who will win the 2024 Republican presidential nomination?” Trump’s shares have ballooned from 84 cents a week ago to 90 cents this morning. Haley’s shares are at just 9 cents.

Will History Repeat?

Biden and Trump’s shares on the PredictIt market asking, “Who will win the 2024 US presidential election?” are each at 45 cents. Some political pundits still believe Biden will ultimately decide not to seek reelection. There are rampant rumblings throughout the political arena that former first lady Michelle Obama is mulling a late entry.

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