Ron DeSantis drops out of the race for Republican candidacy  

Ron DeSantis at his Iowa Caucus event. Photo Courtesy of Scott Olson/Getty Images.

By Briana Leibowicz Turchiaro

Boston University News Service

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis officially resigned from the presidential race on Sunday, January 21, and has shown support for Republican candidate Donald Trump. 

DeSantis is known for his far-right policies and opposition to “Wokeism,” a term coined to describe left-sided ideals. His campaign constantly criticized Trump for his previous policies and lack of participation in the primary debates. 

At 2:57 P.M, DeSantis posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, about his campaign suspension. In the post, he included a quote by Winston Churchill and a video where he announced that he was dropping out. 

Despite the former candidate’s previous public disdain of Trump, he announced in the video that he is now supporting Trump’s presidency.

“It’s clear to me that a majority of Republican primary voters want to give Donald Trump another chance,” DeSantis said in his post on X. “He has my endorsement.”

DeSantis also showed opposition to Nikki Haley, another candidate running to become the Republican Party’s nominee. 

“We can’t go back to the old Republican guard of yesteryear, a repackaged form of warmed-over corporatism that Nikki Haley represents, ” DeSantis added. 

This comes two days before the New Hampshire Primary, and a little under one week after the Iowa Caucus where Trump took the lead with over half the votes.

“While this campaign has ended, the mission continues. Down here in Florida, we will continue to show the country how to lead,” DeSantis concluded in his post, promising to continue his ideals in Florida. 

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