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Thu. Feb 22nd, 2024

In a significant development for the Republican Party’s upcoming presidential nomination, former presidential hopeful and US Senator Tim Scott officially endorsed Donald Trump during a rally in New Hampshire on Friday. The endorsement is expected to bolster Trump’s bid to secure the party’s backing for his potential return to the White House.

Senator Scott, who had actively sought the Republican presidential nomination until his withdrawal on November 12, shared the stage with the former president at a rally held in New Hampshire ahead of the state’s primary on Tuesday. Amid a bitter cold snap, Scott expressed his endorsement for Trump, declaring, “We need Donald Trump; we need a president who unites our country,” eliciting cheers from the enthusiastic crowd.

Despite Scott’s aspirations to become the first Black Republican president, he faced challenges in gaining momentum within the crowded Republican field, consistently polling in sixth place among primary candidates. The 58-year-old senator’s endorsement is seen as a crucial asset for Trump, who aims to fend off competition from other contenders, including former UN ambassador Nikki Haley and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

Notably, the announcement of Scott’s endorsement was reportedly moved up after Haley experienced a surge in support, prompting discussions between Trump and Scott. The endorsement, a potentially bitter pill for Haley, who shares Scott’s home state of South Carolina, underscores the dynamics of the Republican race leading up to the primary election on February 24.

In response to the endorsement, Trump praised Scott as a “fantastic man,” emphasizing the importance of unity within the party. The former president, beset by past controversies, stated, “Having his endorsement means a lot,” before launching into critiques of Haley and emphasizing the need to confront challenges faced by the nation.

Throughout his campaign, Scott consistently highlighted his Christian faith and conservative values, rooted in his upbringing in a poor, single-parent household. Despite his withdrawal from the presidential race, Scott has shown no inclination to become a running mate for any of the remaining candidates, asserting that being vice president was never on his campaign’s agenda.

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