US Senator Tim Scott, who withdrew from the presidential race, announced his support for the former US president Donald Trump In his bid to obtain a nomination the Republican Party To run in the presidential elections, in a move that observers believe will enhance Trump's chances over his rivals.
Scott said – during his participation in a pro-Trump election event in New Hampshire on Friday evening – “I came to the very warm state of New Hampshire to support the next president of the United States, President Donald Trump.”
The Republican senator expressed his hope that Trump would win in the state that will vote next Tuesday in the primary elections to choose a Republican candidate for the 2024 presidential elections. Scott said, “We need Donald Trump. We need a president who unites our country.”
On November 12, Scott, the senator from South Carolina, who aspired to become the first black Republican president in the history of the United States, announced his withdrawal from the electoral race to obtain the Republican Party nomination, without declaring his support for any of the other candidates.
Boosting Trump's fortunes
Observers see this announcement of support as a blow to Trump's rivals, including former US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who are seeking to obtain the Republican party's nomination for the presidential elections.
Opinion polls conducted by the specialized RealClear Politics website showed that Scott is ranked sixth among those seeking the Republican Party's presidential nomination, with support ranging between 2 and 3%.
CNN reported that Trump held discussions with Scott to secure his support before the state of South Carolina holds its primary elections on February 24, and said that the date for announcing the endorsement was accelerated due to Haley's high popularity.
Trump welcomed the announcement of support, saying that Scott is a “wonderful man” and that “his endorsement means a lot.”
The former US president harshly criticized his rival, Haley, and said, “We need to come together. We have to go after these lunatics that we are dealing with,” in what appears to be a reference to his rivals in the presidential race.
Trump won the Iowa primary elections that took place last Monday, receiving 50.9% of the votes, while DeSantis received 21.4% and Haley 19.0%, with the latter two competing to emerge as the main alternatives to Trump.
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