Ramaswamy Leaves Presidential Race

Following his fourth-place finish in the Iowa caucus, Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy announced he was leaving the race and endorsing former President Donald Trump. Trump won a significant victory over his Republican foes during the nation’s first nominating contest.

The businessman finished the Iowa caucus behind the former president, as well as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R). Trump won an outright majority, bringing in about 51% of the vote.

Both DeSantis and Haley ended the night with about 20% of the vote, with DeSantis taking second place.

However, Ramaswamy received slightly less than 8% of the vote.

Following the results, the candidate endorsed Trump and promised to aid his campaign.

“It is true that we did not achieve the surprise that we wanted to deliver tonight,” he said. “As of this moment, we are going to suspend this presidential campaign.”

Ramaswamy said that he called the former president “to tell him that I congratulate him on his victory. And now going forward, he will have my full endorsement for the presidency.”

The candidate received criticism from the former president ahead of the caucus. Over the weekend, Trump said that Ramaswamy was not a part of the MAGA movement. In response, Trump’s opponent said that he would not engage in negative campaigning against the former president and blamed the statement on Trump’s staff.

Ramaswamy’s exit from the race increases attention on both DeSantis and Haley ahead of the New Hampshire primary next week. Haley has received a significant boost in polling in recent weeks, following the endorsement of New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R). However, in the overall polling average, she is well behind the former president.

DeSantis’ path to the nomination has become narrower following Iowa. The candidate hoped for a better outcome Monday and is currently trailing both Trump and Haley in New Hampshire polling.

Ramaswamy leaving the race occurred just days after former New Hampshire Gov. Chris Christie (R) exited the primary.