Ten South Carolina Officials Make Shocking Pivot After Tim Scott Suspends Campaign

Written By BlabberBuzz | Sunday, 19 November 2023 05:15
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A group of 10 South Carolina officials who had previously endorsed Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) for the 2024 presidential race have now shifted their support to Governor Ron DeSantis' (R-Fla.) campaign.

This change in allegiance comes after Scott withdrew from the race last week.

The list of officials, which was first shared with The Associated Press, includes prominent figures such as state Representatives Bill Taylor and Tom Hartnett Jr., who were among the first to endorse Scott when he launched his campaign earlier this summer. Municipal leaders also feature on the list, according to the AP.

One of the officials, Tom Hartnett, expressed his confidence in DeSantis, stating, "Ron DeSantis is the leader we need for this exact moment. He not only is the only candidate who I know can win, but he will be a president who will follow through on his promises to reverse the decline of our country."

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DeSantis is now in a head-to-head battle with former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley for the support of Senator Scott's former backers. It is worth noting that Haley is also a former governor of South Carolina.

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Both DeSantis and Haley are vying for second place in several primary polls, with each claiming to have the best chance of defeating former President Trump in the GOP primary, despite his significant lead.

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DeSantis' campaign has announced that he has received 68 endorsements from elected officials in South Carolina, more than any other presidential candidate.

Scott's unexpected exit from the race surprised many, as he made the announcement during a morning appearance on Fox News, hosted by former South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy (R).

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South Carolina is considered a crucial battleground in the GOP primary as an early voting state. Despite efforts from DeSantis and Haley to gain support, former President Trump maintains a substantial lead in the field.

According to national polling averages, approximately 59 percent of Republicans support the former president for the GOP nomination, despite his ongoing legal battles.

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