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Sununu Commits to Backing Trump if He Is the G.O.P. Nominee

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Gov. Chris Sununu of New Hampshire, who has been a vocal critic of former President Donald J. Trump, nonetheless dedicated on Wednesday to supporting him if he received the Republican nomination, even when he had been convicted of a felony.

Mr. Sununu, a Republican who in December endorsed Nikki Haley, Mr. Trump’s rival and former United Nations ambassador, was asked by CNN whether or not he would hesitate to again Mr. Trump because the G.O.P. nominee ought to he be discovered responsible in any of the 4 felony circumstances continuing towards him.

“Look, I believe most of us are all going to assist the Republican nominee,” Mr. Sununu stated. “There’s no query.”

Mr. Sununu joins a protracted record of prime Republicans who’ve resisted abandoning Mr. Trump, one that features Ms. Haley and Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, one other opponent of Mr. Trump within the narrowing G.O.P. race. On the first Republican main debate in August, all however two of Mr. Trump’s opponents raised their fingers when requested if they might assist the previous president ought to he win the nomination and be convicted.

Former Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, one of many two who signaled that he wouldn’t, dropped out of the race on Wednesday. The opposite, former Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas, has barely registered in nationwide polling.

Mr. Sununu doubled down on his loyalty to whichever candidate wins the nomination, telling CNN that defeating President Biden within the November election was his motivation.

“Proper now, it seems like most of America would vote for him,” he stated of Mr. Trump. “I’m going to assist the Republican nominee, completely. Yeah, that shouldn’t shock anyone.”

Mr. Sununu performs a starring position in a television ad for Ms. Haley in New Hampshire, the place she is inside hanging distance of Mr. Trump in latest polls earlier than the Jan. 23 main.

“She’s a brand new era of conservative management, who may help depart behind the chaos and the drama of the previous,” Mr. Sununu says within the advert, alluding to Mr. Trump.