April 20, 2024 1:54 pm

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DeSantis suspends White House bid, endorses Trump for President

MANCHESTER, N.H.—In a deathblow to the Nikki Haley for President campaign, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced the suspension of his presidential bid and endorsed Republican frontrunner, the 45th President of the United States, Donald J Trump.

“It’s clear to me that a majority of Republicans want to give Donald Trump another chance,” DeSantis said in an X video announcing his endorsement of Trump. “They watched his presidency get stymied by relentless resistance and they see Democrats using lawfare this day to attack him. I’ve had disagreements with Donald Trump such as on the coronavirus pandemic and his elevation of Anthony Fauci, Trump is superior to the current incumbent, Joe Biden; that is clear… He has my endorsement because we can’t go back to the old Republican guard of yesteryear. A repackaged form and warned-over corporatism that Nikki Haley represents. The days of putting Americans last, of kowtowing to corporations, of caving to woke ideology are over!”

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis delivering his endorsement of the 45th President of the United States, Donald J Trump, Sunday on X. SOURCE: Snapshot from X video.

DeSantis, in his speech, advocated for the everyday working class American. Saying that “DC elites” prioritize personal power over the hearts of the American dream.

“This is America’s time for choosing. We can choose to allow a border invasion, or we can choose to stop it. We can choose reckless borrowing and spending, or we can choose to limit government and lower inflation. We can choose political indoctrination, or we can choose classical education. These choices are symptoms of the underlying struggle to ensure that constitutional government can endure, and that Western civilization can survive,” said DeSantis.

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The 45th President Donald J Trump speaking at his campaign’s post-caucus election party in Des Moines, Iowa, on January 15, 2024. Snapshot from Right Side Broadcasting Network live feed.

The 45th President of the United States, Donald J Trump, won the Iowa Caucus on January 15 with 51%, 29.8 points from the nearest contender, DeSantis. The margin of victory was the largest Republican Iowa Caucus win in its state history. In an election night surprise, Vivek Ramaswamy dropped out of the race and endorsed Donald J Trump.

On January 10, Chris Christie officially suspended his race for the White House. In a hot-mic moment, Associated Press reports that Christie criticized fellow presidential contender Haley saying, “She’s going to get smoked… And you and I both know it. She’s not up to this.”

The performance of Trump, and now with the endorsements of both DeSantis and Ramaswamy, the momentum for a solid victory heading into New Hampshire on Tuesday, January 23, for its 22 delegates, seems inevitable. The Nevada and the Virgin Islands caucuses are on February 8 and the much-anticipated South Carolina primary is on February 24.

“I want to say to Ron, he ran a great race,” Haley said to supporters at Brown’s Lobster Pound in Seabrook, New Hampshire. “He’s been a good governor, and we wish him well. Having said that, it’s now one fella and one lady left.”

Haley went on saying that a vote for her ends the cycle of “more of the same.”

“When we win the presidency, I will do everything I can to prove to you that you made the right decision,” said Haley. “For now, I will leave you with this, may the best woman win!”

Haley has come under fire by Trump and fellow Republicans as media outlets report that Democratic-leaning groups and donors are encouraging undeclared voters in New Hampshire— who make up 42 percent of eligible voters— to back Haley in Tuesday’s primary.

“As you know, Nikki Haley in particular is counting on the Democrats and liberals to infiltrate your Republican primary,” Trump said at a campaign rally in Atkinson, New Hampshire on January 16. “You know that. That’s what’s happening, you have a group of people coming in that are not Republicans and it’s artificially boosting her numbers here, although we’re still leading her by a lot.”

Real Clear Politics 2024 Republican Presidential Polling Data

According to the latest Real Clear Politics aggregate 2024 Republican Presidential polling data from several pollsters as of January 18, the 45th President of the United States President Donald J Trump is leading the nearest challenger, Nikki Haley, by 54.6 points. Currently, Trump leads with 66.1%, Haley with 11.5%, DeSantis with 10.5%, and Ramaswamy with 4.3%.

In the latest CNN New Hampshire Primary Poll, conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, Trump has an 11-point lead over Haley with 50% to her 39% of likely Republican voters. However, according to the poll, 30% (365 of 1,234 respondents) classified as likely as GOP voters identified as Democrats (13%) and Independents (17%), of which 73% of the these surveyed said they support Haley.

New Hampshire Secretary of State David Scanlan, told CNN that, “registered Democrats cannot vote in the Republican primary, and registered Republicans cannot vote in the Democratic primary.” Independents, classified as “undeclared” voters can participate in either party’s presidential primary, however.

When asked about political ideology, 91% of voters classified in the CNN poll as Likely GOP Voters, who identified as “Liberal/Progressive/Socialist” (6.2% of total make up of respondents) support Haley, with another 71% who identify as moderate supporting her campaign. However, of Likely GOP Voters, 71% who identify as conservative and 61% as libertarians, support Trump, according to the CNN poll.

Trump has the support of 51% of women surveyed, compared to Haley’s 41%; and 49% of men compared to Haley’s 39%.

Overall, the survey shows, that even with a third of the respondents not identifying as Republican for an upcoming Republican New Hampshire Primary on Tuesday, Trump still dominates the field and is expected to win.

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Hossein Khorram (center) and team in Iowa supporting the DeSantis for President campaign in January 2023. SOURCE: Hossein Khorram.

DeSantis for President Washington State Leadership Team Member and Chairman of the King County Republican Party Finance Committee, Hossein Khorram, called on all Republicans to come together to “defeat Joe Biden.”

“Our Republic is best served when we participate in the political process to select our Republican nominee to face the obsolete Joe Biden,” Khorram wrote in an email. “Thanks to all of those who joined me to support Governor DeSantis in Iowa, which made us closer to finding our final nominee to defeat Joe Biden.”

Khorram was joined by Susan Hutchison, Emeritus Chair WSRP, Reagan Dunn, King County Councilmember, Phil Wilson, former Mason County GOP Chairman, and Bob Hagglund, former Snohomish County GOP Chairman, who all flew to Iowa last week helping lead DeSantis to a strong second place showing.

“Our participation keeps alive the ‘Republic’ that Benjamin Franklin delivered to us in 1787! It is up to you and I to safeguard it for future generations,” wrote Khorram.

“Our government, at every level, is out of control and needs to be reigned-in significantly,” former Senator Don Benton, and Washington State Director for Trump for President 2024, told the Lynnwood Times. “There is only one person that can and will do that, his name is Donald J Trump. The establishment elites on both sides of the political aisle that profit from government will stop at nothing to stop Donald Trump. They know he is beyond reproach, and he will not stop until America is cleaned up and is back on track constitutionally.

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Former Washington State Senator Don Benton (R-Vancouver) on the phone coordinating election related activities. Lynnwood Times | Mario Lotmore.

“If people really want to save their country and be sure we return to the rule of law for everybody, you must vote for Trump even if you don’t like his personality. Trump keeps his word and does what he says. That is what we desperately need in America at every level of politics instead of the long list of promises delivered by typical politicians that never materialize.”

Because the Democratic National Committee rules made South Carolina—the first state President Joe Biden won in the 2020 Primaries—its party’s first official presidential primary, Biden will not appear on Tuesday’s primary ballot; instead, 21 other candidates will appear on the Democratic Primary ballot in New Hampshire.

As the GOP Presidential Primary appears to be coalescing around a single nominee, Donald J Trump, the question trending on X is, “who will be Trump’s VP pick?” Take our poll below on who you would like Trump to select as his VP pick.



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