Former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s bid for the White House was over after he came in second place in the Iowa caucuses last week.
Hogan said on ABC’s “This Week” that it is essentially a “two-person race” between former President Trump and former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley for the GOP presidential nomination. He dismissed DeSantis’s campaign when discussing Haley’s chances for a win in the New Hampshire primary this week.
“I think the DeSantis campaign ended in Iowa,” he said.
DeSantis came in second place in the Iowa caucuses last week with about 21 percent support, trailing behind Trump, who won the caucuses with about 51 percent. Haley came in third place with 19 percent support in the state.
However, DeSantis is currently trailing both Trump and Haley at a distance in New Hampshire just days before the primary begins in the state. Haley has about 36 percent support in the state, only trailing Trump by about 11 points, according to The Hill/Decision Desk HQ, while DeSantis has about 5.7 percent support.
Hogan endorsed Haley for the GOP nomination last week, saying that she is the “best possible candidate” the Republicans can put forward in November’s general election. He also said Sunday that it is not “impossible” for Haley to secure the GOP nomination despite Trump’s lead in the polls.
“But it’s not impossible for her. If she overperforms expectations, I think she rolls into South Carolina with a lot of momentum,” Hogan said, speaking of Haley’s chances in the Granite State.