Vivek Ramaswamy Discontinues Presidential Campaign, Endorses Trump

( – America First proponent Vivek Ramaswamy has ended his presidential ambitions and endorsed former President Donald Trump as the obvious choice for the GOP nomination.

Ramaswamy cited coming in fourth place in the Iowa caucus as the reason for his departure from the race. Speaking with a crowd of supporters Monday night after the caucus results became clear, Ramaswamy said that he had to be honest about his performance and it did not warrant continued investment in the primary process.

Ramaswamy explained that he was quite concerned for the future of the country and that the only bright future is one in which an America First candidate wins in 2024. He said that the only other America First candidate is Donald Trump which is why he was supporting his bid for the remainder of the primary and against incumbent President Joe Biden.

Trump’s victory was forecast by CBS News and the New York Times shortly after results started to come in. Trump was the clear victor with over 51% of the vote. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis came in 2nd place with 21% and Nikki Haley followed him with 19%. Ramaswamy received 7.7% of the vote.

Trump’s victory was historic in terms of the plurality of his support. Previously, George W. Bush had the highest percentage with 41% of the caucus supporting his candidacy in 2000. It was also historic in terms of the margin of victory. The difference between Trump and DeSantis was 30 points; the prior record was just 12 points and it was between Bob Dole and George H. W. Bush in 1988.

The Biden campaign announced massive fourth-quarter donations and a total campaign war chest of over $117 million. Trump spokesman Alex Pfeiffer suggested that candidates’ continued expenditures in the primary are wasteful when considering the real battle in November.

Ramaswamy and former NJ Governor Chris Christie are the only candidates to exit the race thus far. Christie left abruptly over the weekend in advance of the contest before previously assuring voters he was going to stay in through Iowa and New Hampshire’s primaries.

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