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Tim Scott, the Former G.O.P. Presidential Contender, Will Again Donald Trump

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Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina will endorse Donald J. Trump on Friday night at a rally in New Hampshire, in accordance with two folks briefed on the matter.

Mr. Scott was touring to Florida on Friday in order that he might fly with Mr. Trump to New Hampshire for the rally, the 2 folks stated. His endorsement of Mr. Trump is more likely to spur further dialogue of Mr. Scott as a possible operating mate for the previous president. He’s the highest-ranking elected Black Republican within the nation.

Mr. Scott arrived at his determination solely not too long ago. After ending his personal marketing campaign for president on Nov. 12, he had said he wouldn’t endorse “anytime quickly.” However he got here to the conclusion that Mr. Trump was one of the best candidate to defeat President Biden, in accordance with one individual aware of his pondering.

A spokesman for Mr. Scott declined to remark. A spokesman for the previous president didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

Throughout the race, Mr. Trump averted criticizing Mr. Scott, an indication that he held hotter emotions for the senator, whom he labored alongside whereas president. In 2020, Mr. Trump had given Mr. Scott one of the coveted talking roles in politics, making him a keynote speaker on the Republican Nationwide Conference.

Mr. Trump has pursued Mr. Scott’s endorsement for the reason that senator exited the race final yr. His endorsement not solely lifts Mr. Trump in New Hampshire, which hosts its major on Tuesday, but in addition in South Carolina, the house state of considered one of Mr. Trump’s high remaining Republican rivals, Nikki Haley. The Trump staff is hoping to drive from the race each Ms. Haley and Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida with a decisive win in South Carolina’s major on Feb. 24, avoiding an costly combat for delegates that will in any other case lengthen by March after Tremendous Tuesday.

The choice to again Mr. Trump might particularly sting for Ms. Haley. As governor of South Carolina, she had appointed Mr. Scott to the Senate, saying him as her selection greater than a decade in the past, in 2012.

Mr. Scott has fielded calls from all three of the remaining candidates within the race — Mr. Trump, Ms. Haley and Mr. DeSantis. Ms. Haley had known as him this week and a few mutual pals in South Carolina had additionally reached out to foyer on her behalf for his endorsement. Mr. Trump and South Carolina’s different senator, Lindsey Graham, a detailed ally of Mr. Trump, had lobbied him steadily. Mr. DeSantis additionally known as Mr. Scott final yr after Mr. Scott exited the race, in accordance with the 2 folks briefed on Mr. Scott’s endorsement determination.

The lobbying was an indication of how coveted Mr. Scott’s backing could be. Whereas Mr. Scott struggled to achieve traction within the major, he stays overwhelmingly standard with Republican voters.

Surveys final fall from Public Opinion Methods, a Republican agency that has labored with the DeSantis operation, confirmed Mr. Scott with a 78 p.c favorability score in South Carolina and a 67 p.c favorability score in New Hampshire.