Trump Dominate As Senators Clamor To Endorse

( – Former President Trump’s resounding victory in the January 15 Iowa caucus solidified his dominance over all other Republican primary candidates. He captured 51 percent of the votes cast by caucus-goers, beating Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis by 30 percentage points. Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley came in third, trailing DeSantis by two percentage points. Entrepreneur and author Vivek Ramaswamy officially ended his campaign after coming in fourth. He announced his withdrawal from the race and endorsed Trump shortly after the results came in.

Trump has scored endorsements from hordes of House Republicans, 23 Senators, and several Republican governors. Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz, who lost the GOP primary to Trump in 2016, offered his endorsement one day after the Iowa caucus during an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News. Cruz said he felt that Trump’s wide margin of victory should prompt the Republican Party to collectively rally behind his candidacy. He added that the focus needed to be on ending Biden’s presidency and beating “this disastrous cultural Marxist agenda in the White House.”

DeSantis has received endorsements from five House Republicans, while Haley has received one. Neither has been endorsed by any United States Senators. Iowa Governor Kim Reynold’s endorsement of DeSantis was no match to Trump’s popularity in the state. He put in extra effort in the days ahead of the caucus to highlight Reynolds’s previous unwavering support of him during and after his presidency. Trump endorsed her for reelection in 2022 but said on January 14 that her endorsement of DeSantis “was very disloyal.” After Trump easily won in Iowa, Reynolds said that she would support whoever becomes the GOP nominee, including Trump.

The upcoming New Hampshire primary will be another opportunity for Trump to dominate, which will undoubtedly result in more endorsements. However, Haley has enjoyed a surge in the state after being endorsed by Governor Chris Sununu. Trump currently leads Haley by 13 percentage points, but rumors of a Democrat operation to score a win for Haley have been circulating in recent days. Democrats also showed up to vote for Haley during the Iowa caucus.

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