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Trump Rakes In Endorsements in Closing Hours Earlier than New Hampshire Votes

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Former President Donald J. Trump has acquired a flood of endorsements within the last countdown to New Hampshire’s main, as his allies argue that the 2024 Republican nominating contest is all however over.

After Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida backed Mr. Trump in his announcement Sunday that he was quitting the race, various his former supporters, together with Consultant Bob Good of Virginia and Ashley Moody, the Florida lawyer common, adopted swimsuit.

Consultant Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, the one member of its congressional delegation who had not but endorsed, additionally backed Mr. Trump — making him the seventh of the state’s eight Republican members of Congress to take action. Just one, Consultant Ralph Norman, has backed Nikki Haley, the state’s former governor and Mr. Trump’s final remaining rival.

Extra endorsements for Mr. Trump poured in on Monday from Republicans from statehouses to Congress. In Georgia, the agriculture commissioner and virtually half of its Republican State Senate delegation announced their endorsements of Mr. Trump on Monday, The Atlanta Journal-Structure reported.

Mr. Trump’s earlier supporters have seized on Mr. DeSantis’s departure from the race to declare Mr. Trump the “presumptive nominee,” although solely Iowa has voted thus far. Mr. Trump already has the help of Speaker Mike Johnson and the vast majority of congressional Republicans. After Mr. Trump’s 30-point win in Iowa, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas joined the listing of backers.

Three of Mr. Trump’s former 2024 rivals for president — Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina; Gov. Doug Burgum of North Dakota; and Vivek Ramaswamy, the biotech entrepreneur — have additionally lined up behind him. In a closing present of unity among the many remainder of the G.O.P. area, all three of these males will seem alongside Mr. Trump on Monday night time at a rally in Laconia, N.H., in response to officers with the Trump marketing campaign.

A number of the latest endorsements have doubled as betrayals to Ms. Haley. Consultant Nancy Mace of South Carolina, supported by Ms. Haley final yr as she fought off a Trump-backed main challenger aimed toward booting her from Congress, introduced Monday that she would endorse Mr. Trump. Mr. Scott is from Ms. Haley’s dwelling state — and he or she appointed him to the Senate whereas she was governor of the state in 2012. (Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, whom Ms. Haley endorsed for president in 2016, backed Mr. Trump shortly earlier than the Iowa caucuses.)

Ms. Haley, by comparability, is backed by Gov. Chris Sununu of New Hampshire, former Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland and former Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas — all politicians who signify the extra historically conservative wing of the social gathering. Former Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, who ran essentially the most ardent anti-Trump marketing campaign and was as soon as seen as a possible supporter of Ms. Haley, seems to don’t have any plans to endorse within the race.

Ms. Haley, who has lengthy solid herself as “underestimated” in her political profession, is utilizing Mr. Trump’s flood of endorsements to place herself because the political outsider, one thing as soon as seen as interesting about Mr. Trump. In Franklin, N.H., on Monday, she solid herself as keen to tackle the political institution now rallying behind Mr. Trump and the information media she stated was wrongfully portraying his victory as inevitable.

“America doesn’t do coronations — we consider in decisions,” Ms. Haley stated. “We consider in democracy, and we consider in freedom. I’ve stated I really like the live-free-or-die state, however you realize what? I need to make it a live-free-or-die-country.”

Holdouts amongst high Republicans for Mr. Trump are few and much between. Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican minority chief, has but to endorse a candidate. Neither has Senator John Thune of South Dakota, the No. 2 Senate Republican who beforehand backed Mr. Scott.

Consultant Chip Roy of Texas and Consultant Thomas Massie of Kentucky, two of the few congressmen to again Mr. DeSantis’s bid, have additionally not rushed to Mr. Trump’s facet.

Jazmine Ulloa and Michael Gold contributed reporting.