Vivek Ramaswamy Drops His US Presidential Bid, Backs Donald Trump

Vivek Ramaswamy Drops His US Presidential Bid, Backs Donald Trump
Written by The X Cube

US Presidential Elections 2024: Vivek Ramaswamy announced his candidacy for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination after a disappointing result in Iowa, according to what Agence France-Presse quoted his spokesman as saying.

Vivek Ramaswamy, 38, was supporting his rival, former President Donald Trump. He has previously described Trump as “the best president of the 21st century,” even as he tried to persuade Republican voters to choose “new legs” and “take the America First agenda to the next level.”

The wealthy outsider also shaped his bid for Trump, campaigning as a fast-talking, headline-grabbing populist who relentlessly mocked opponents.

Donald Trump won a landslide victory in the first presidential election of 2024 in Iowa on Monday, asserting his dominance of the party despite a series of legal challenges as he seeks a rematch with Democratic President Joe Biden, Reuters reported.

“THANK YOU IOWA, I LOVE YOU ALL!!!” Trump wrote on his social media platform, Truth Social.

Ramaswamy also endorsed Trump as the former US president sought to reclaim the White House in November.

“I looked at every which way, and I think it’s true that we did not achieve the surprise that we wanted to deliver tonight… As of this moment, we are going to suspend this presidential campaign. There is no path for me to be the next president,” Ramaswamy said as quoted by PTI. 

“As I’ve said since the beginning, there are two America First candidates in this race. And earlier tonight I called Donald Trump to tell him that I — congratulate him on his victory, and now going forward, you will have my full endorsement for the presidency,” he added.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis came in second place, according to Edison Research, ahead of former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley in the race to become the best alternative to Trump.

With nearly 90% of the expected votes counted, Trump received 50.9%, DeSantis 21.4%, and Haley 19.0%, according to Edison. The largest Republican margin of victory in Iowa was 12.8 percentage points for Bob Dole in 1988.

According to Reuters, it is too early to know whether Trump will exceed 50%, a psychological number that would further weaken his rivals’ arguments that his path to the nomination may be derailed.

Both DeSantis and Haley sought a second-place finish to reassure donors and supporters that their challenge to Trump remains viable.

Trump has sought to create an air of inevitability around his campaign, skipping all five Republican debates so far and largely avoiding the district-by-district politics that most candidates pursue before the vote in Iowa.

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