WSJ editorial board suggests DeSantis drop out to allow for ‘one on one’ Trump vs. Haley showdown

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The Wall Street Journal editorial board has opined that if Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis believes former President Donald Trump cannot win the 2024 presidential contest, he should drop out of the GOP primary so that former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley can face off against Trump.

“Mr. DeSantis faces no clear path to the nomination. He’s well behind Ms. Haley in New Hampshire and South Carolina. If he believes, as he says, that Mr. Trump can’t win in November, he should leave the race and give Ms. Haley a chance to take on Mr. Trump one on one,” the WSJ editorial board wrote.

Trump trounced other GOP presidential hopefuls during the Iowa Republican presidential caucuses on Monday while DeSantis came in a distant second place and Haley came in third.

Vivek Ramaswamy, who swiftly dropped out and endorsed Trump after a poor showing in Iowa, spoke at a Trump rally on Tuesday.

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Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who beat Trump and others during the 2016 GOP Iowa presidential caucus, announced that he thinks the “race is over” and that he is “proud to endorse” Trump. “I look forward to supporting him enthusiastically,” Cruz said.

Polls indicate that Trump is the frontrunner in next week’s New Hampshire GOP presidential primary, with Haley, who has been endorsed by New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, trailing in second place.

“Ms. Haley has pursued a strategy of appealing to Republicans who either don’t like Mr. Trump or are open to someone else, and that helped her finish a close third in Iowa,” the Journal’s editorial board wrote. “She has a chance to make a race of it in New Hampshire on Jan. 23, which is why Mr. Trump is attacking her so aggressively on TV.”

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