Ron DeSantis exits GOP race before New Hampshire primary, leaving a Trump-Haley contest

The Florida governor and his allies spent more than $100 million on his promising presidential campaign, only to come in a distant second place in Iowa

Ron DeSantis
Ron DeSantis suspends presidential campaign
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) dropped out of the Republican presidential race on Sunday, two days before the New Hampshire primary, leaving former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley the last viable challenger to former President Donald Trump. DeSantis, once viewed as Trump's main rival in the race, placed a distant second in the Iowa caucuses. He was polling in the single digits in New Hampshire. 

DeSantis announced his exit from the race in a short video posted to X. In it, he endorsed Trump, saying the former president was better than the "warmed-over corporatism" of Haley and the clear choice of "a majority of Republican primary voters." 

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