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Watch: FL Gov. Ron DeSantis Drops Out of Republican Primary, Backs Trump

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On Sunday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis withdrew his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination.

DeSantis suspended his campaign in a video that featured a quote from Winston Churchill stating, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

“We can choose to allow a border invasion, or we can choose to stop it,” DeSantis said. “We can choose to allow reckless spending, or we can choose to limit government and lower inflation.”

DeSantis stated that his decision is being made in the wake of Trump’s resounding victory in the Iowa caucuses on January 15, which he secured with 51% of the vote.

“Following our second-place finish in Iowa, we prayed and deliberated on the way forward,” he said.

“If there is anything I could do to produce a favorable campaign outcome … I would do it. But I can’t ask our supporters to volunteer their time and donate their resources if we don’t have a clear path to victory,” he said.

“Accordingly, I am today suspending my campaign.”

“It’s clear to me that a majority of Republican primary voters want to give Donald Trump another chance,” DeSantis said.

“They watched his presidency get stymied by relentless resistance, and they see Democrats using lawfare to this day to attack him,” he said.

DeSantis said he has his differences with Trump but added, “Trump is superior to the current incumbent, Joe Biden. That is clear.”

“I signed a pledge to support the Republican nominee, and I will honor that pledge. He has my endorsement because we can’t go back to the old Republican guard of yesteryear a repackage formed of warmed-over corporatism that Nikki Haley represents,” DeSantis said.

“The days of putting Americans last, of kowtowing to large corporations, of caving to woke ideology are over,” he said.

The latest poll average from RealClearPolitics indicates that Trump has 50.3% support for the Tuesday Republican primary in New Hampshire, while Haley has 35.3% and DeSantis has 6.3%.

The average rating of the race as reported by the website FiveThirtyEight is marginally closer: Trump 48.9 percent, Haley 34.2 percent, and DeSantis 5.2 percent.

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