(TheRedWire.com) – Ten South Carolina officials who had previously endorsed the 2024 presidential campaign of Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) have now announced that they would support Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) in the primary race. The announcement came a week after Scott announced that he was withdrawing from the race.
The Associated Press was the first to share the list, which included a number of names, including Reps. Tom Hartnett Jr., and Bill Taylor. The two representatives were some of the first to endorse Scott after announcing his campaign this past summer. Several municipal leaders had also followed their lead.
Hartnett argued that DeSantis was the leader that they needed at this time and that he was not only a candidate that they knew could win but that he could be a president who would hold on to his campaign promises and would stop the country’s decline.
DeSantis is fighting for support in South Carolina, where former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley had served as governor. The two primary candidates also fight for second place in the primary polls in several areas. Both support that they are the best alternative to former President Donald Trump in the primary race. Still, Trump continues to hold an impressive lead in the primary race.
Thus far, DeSantis has received 68 endorsements from South Carolina elected officials. This makes him the candidate in the primary race to have received the most endorsements in the state.
Scott’s decision to withdraw from the presidential race surprised most people. Scott had announced his decision on Fox News during an interview hosted by former South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy (R).
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