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Sen. Tim Scott Throws Support Behind Donald Trump’s Presidential Bid

In a significant development for the 2024 presidential race, Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina, a former Republican presidential candidate, endorsed former President Donald Trump during a rally in New Hampshire.

Just Before NH Primary

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This endorsement comes ahead of the New Hampshire primary, adding momentum to Trump’s campaign to secure the Republican nomination for the next presidential election.

Sen. Scott’s Trump Endorsement

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Senator Tim Scott officially endorsed Donald Trump’s presidential bid during a rally in New Hampshire.
Scott, a prominent Republican figure, chose to back Trump over fellow South Carolinian Nikki Haley, emphasizing his endorsement at the event.

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Continuing Trend of Trump Endorsements

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Scott’s endorsement aligns with a trend of former Republican presidential rivals supporting Donald Trump’s candidacy.

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Earlier in the week, Vivek Ramaswamy dropped out of the 2024 race after the Iowa caucuses, throwing his support behind Trump.
North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum also recently endorsed Trump.

A Significant Boost Ahead of South Carolina Primary

Senator Tim Scott’s endorsement holds particular significance as it comes ahead of the South Carolina primary, scheduled for February 24.

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Trump Over Halley

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By endorsing Trump over Nikki Haley, who played a role in Scott’s political career, this endorsement marks a noteworthy development in the race.

Scott’s History with Nikki Haley

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Nikki Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, appointed Tim Scott to his Senate seat in 2012.
Scott later secured re-election multiple times independently.
Despite their shared South Carolinian roots, Scott’s endorsement favored Trump.

Haley’s Response to Scott’s Endorsement

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Regarding Scott’s decision to endorse Trump, Nikki Haley expressed her views earlier on Friday.

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Irony

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She highlighted the irony of Trump gaining support from what she referred to as “Washington insiders,” considering his previous commitment to “drain the swamp.”

Finalizing the Endorsement

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Scott’s endorsement of Trump was finalized on Friday morning after discussions with the former president and Nikki Haley earlier in the week.
DeSantis, another Republican contender, had not explicitly sought Scott’s endorsement since December.

Possible Upcoming Appearances with Trump

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Conversations are ongoing regarding Senator Tim Scott potentially joining Donald Trump at future events, possibly on Sunday or Monday, further solidifying their partnership.

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Growing Support for Trump

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Former President Trump has been accumulating endorsements from notable Republican figures, including Senator Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, and three Republican members of South Carolina’s U.S. House delegation.
In contrast, Nikki Haley has received congressional endorsement solely from Rep. Ralph Norman.

Trump’s Senate Support

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With Senator Tim Scott’s endorsement, Donald Trump has garnered official backing from 26 out of 49 Senate Republicans, bolstering his position in the presidential race.

New Hampshire Primary and Trump’s Aspirations

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This endorsement arrives just four days before the New Hampshire primary, providing Trump with added momentum following his substantial victory in the Iowa caucuses.

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Scott, a Potential Running Mate

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While Senator Tim Scott withdrew from the presidential race in November, his endorsement positions him as a potential running mate for Donald Trump if the former president secures the Republican nomination in 2024.

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