The Trump team, in an official press release, revealed that the former president now enjoys the backing of "over 80 current and former Republican officials endorsing his campaign" within South Carolina. This impressive tally surpasses that of any other GOP contender, including ex-state Governor Nikki Haley.
The press release further highlighted that "Today’s announcement is in addition to the more than 250 grassroots leaders who endorsed President Trump in South Carolina in June."
Among the latest endorsers are State Senator and Senate Banking and Insurance Committee Chairman Ronnie Cromer and State Representative and House Ways & Means Chairman Bruce Bannister. Both had initially endorsed Scott but shifted their support to Trump following Scott's withdrawal from the race.
Cromer praised Trump's leadership, stating, "South Carolina saw its best years under President Trump and the McMaster-Evette Administration." He further urged South Carolina’s voters to rally behind Trump, saying, "Tim Scott is a dear friend, and now that he is out of the race, I strongly urge South Carolina’s voters to join me in rallying behind President Trump."
Bannister echoed Cromer's sentiments, stating, "After supporting South Carolina’s own beloved Senator Tim Scott, I am excited today to wholeheartedly endorse President Trump as the best candidate to defeat Joe Biden in 2024.” He lauded Trump as a "proven leader who will turn around the economy, protect our border, and make America energy independent once again.”
These endorsements come at a time when Trump holds a significant lead in the GOP primary. A recent Harvard/Harris poll indicates that he has the support of 67 percent of national GOP primary voters, with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley both trailing at 8 percent.
South Carolina is set to host its primary on February 24, 2024, following Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada. Trump is also expected to attend a college football game on Saturday between Clemson University, Nikki Haley's alma mater, and the University of South Carolina.