“I cannot ask our supporters to volunteer and donate to our campaign if we do not have a clear path to victory,” the current Florida governor said in his video message.
“DeSantis was hoping to win Iowa, but he did very poorly there. He got no more than 21 percent of the vote,” says American correspondent Eric Muthan. “There's a primary again this week, now in New Hampshire, and he's very low in the polls there. He no longer sees a chance of winning so he resigned.”
Trump vs. Haley
This means that the battle within the Republican Party over who can challenge President Joe Biden is now between just two people: Donald Trump and Nikki Haley.
Until about a year ago, DeSantis was considered a potential challenger to Trump within the Republican Party. The two did not differ much in opinion polls. DeSantis presented himself as a conservative like Donald Trump, but without any of the baggage.
Mothan: “That argument didn't catch on. Turns out voters didn't mind all those lawsuits against Trump at all. 'If we want Trump, we want him not a weak version,' that's what they thought.”
For Trump's only remaining rival, Nikki Haley, things don't have to end badly, Mothan believes. “Eight years ago, Trump got the nomination even though he never got more than 30% of the vote, but the other votes were split among the whole group of candidates. That was no longer possible. Haley wanted a contest between her and Trump, who he has now.” “
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