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Ron DeSantis ends presidential bid and endorses Donald Trump days before New Hampshire primary

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Sunday that he was ending his presidential campaign and endorsing leading Republican candidate Donald Trump in a video posted to his social media accounts, just two days before the New Hampshire primary election.

Not even one year after winning a second term as the Florida governor, DeSantis announced his bid for the 2024 presidential election last May, looking to take on former president Trump for the Republican nomination.

Since then, he has failed to overtake Trump in the polls. In the Iowa caucus last Wednesday, DeSantis won 21.2% of the Republican vote, failing to rival Trump’s 51%. A few days later, he dropped out of the race altogether.

In his video announcing the end of his bid, DeSantis said, “It’s clear to me that a majority of Republican primary voters want to give Donald Trump another chance.”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. (Photo courtesy of the Office of Ron DeSantis)
DeSantis’ future plans are unclear in his last term as Florida governor after dropping out of the 2024 presidential race. (Photo courtesy of the Office of Ron DeSantis)

Last summer, federal filings showed DeSantis was spending campaign funding at a rate that could not be replenished. By the end of July, he laid off almost 40 employees, cutting his campaign staff down by one-third.

Since then, DeSantis has debated other Republican candidates and California Gov. Gavin Newsom, with Trump notably absent from all five Republican debates.

DeSantis has not announced any future career plans and can now shift his focus back to his final term as governor, which ends January 2027.

The Florida Democratic Party canceled the Florida Democratic primary by only submitting incumbent Joe Biden’s name last November. Trump, Nikki Haley and Ryan Binkley are still in the Republican race and are set to compete for Florida’s vote on March 19.


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Jeanne Gilbert is Spinnaker's current editor-in-chief and a sophomore majoring in public relations at the University of North Florida. She joined Spinnaker in the summer of 2023 as a volunteer. After graduating, Jeanne plans to continue in the newsroom or work in public relations.

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