Republican presidential contender Vivek Ramaswamy withdrew from the US presidential race on Tuesday following a lackluster performance in the Iowa debates. Former President Donald Trump emerged victorious in the Iowa Caucus, the nation’s inaugural nominating contest, as reported by Bloomberg, citing a source.
Addressing his supporters in Des Moines late on Monday, Ramaswamy acknowledged Trump’s decisive win and announced his full endorsement of the former president. Ramaswamy, a 38-year-old entrepreneur who entered the presidential race relatively unknown, had earlier suggested to The Wall Street Journal that Trump might face eligibility challenges due to various legal issues.
After finishing fourth in Iowa, significantly behind Trump, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, and former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, Ramaswamy expressed surprise at the outcome. Trump led the Iowa surveys with 53%, while Haley had 18%, and DeSantis trailed with 15%. DeSantis later surpassed Haley in the results.
Ramaswamy, in a post-defeat speech, shared plans to join Trump at a rally in New Hampshire and voiced his commitment to working towards Trump’s candidacy in the next presidential election. Despite Trump’s recent critical remarks, Ramaswamy remained steadfast in his support, emphasizing their shared vision for the country’s future.
Entering the presidential race in February 2023, Ramaswamy aligned himself with Trump’s “America First” agenda, aiming to appeal to Republican voters loyal to the MAGA movement. Despite his efforts, Ramaswamy failed to garner substantial support from Trump, who remained a dominant figure among Republican voters.
Trump, in a social media post, criticized Ramaswamy for what he perceived as deceptive campaign tactics, contrasting with Ramaswamy’s initial expression of strong support. Meanwhile, President Joe Biden urged supporters to contribute to his campaign in response to Trump’s victory in Iowa, emphasizing the ongoing battle against extreme MAGA Republicans.
Approximately 100,000 Iowans participated in the Republican caucuses despite challenging weather conditions, marking a significant drop from the 2016 Republican caucus turnout of 186,874. The Iowa GOP commended the citizens for engaging in grassroots democracy despite adverse weather conditions.