Ron DeSantis drops out of race and endorses Donald Trump

The former president quickly reacted to the governor's support: “Very honored to have his support.”

In a dramatic 180-degree turn, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis suddenly suspended his presidential campaign Sunday, just two days before the New Hampshire primary.

In a video posted on X (Twitter), the governor also endorsed former President Donald Trump, stating that he would keep his word to support the Republican nominee.

“Reversing the decline of this nation requires leadership that delivers big results for the people we are elected to serve. I have a record of leading with conviction, championing an agenda marked by bold colors, delivering on my promises, and defeating the people who are responsible for our nation's decline. That is the type of leadership we need for all of America,” DeSantis said just before officially announcing his withdrawal from the race.

“Now, over the past many months, Casey and I have traveled across the country to deliver a message of hope that decline is a choice and that we can, in fact, succeed again as a nation. Nobody worked harder, and we left it all out on the field. Now, following our second place finish in Iowa, we've prayed and deliberated on the way forward,” the governor continued. “If there was anything I could do to produce a favorable outcome, more campaign stops, more interviews, 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. Accordingly, I am today suspending my campaign.”

“While 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. I signed a pledge to support the Republican nominee, and I will honor that pledgee,” said DeSantis, who is dropping out of the race after finishing second in the Iowa caucuses and amid a disappointing performance in the polls heading into New Hampshire.

Following the announcement, former President Trump quickly reacted to the Florida governor's support.

“Very honored to have his endorsement,” he told Fox News Digital. “I look forward to working together with him to beat Joe Biden, who is the worst and most corrupt president in the history of our country.”

This is a developing story.