Former President Donald Trump has secured an endorsement in the 2024 presidential election from the Florida Republican Party.
Former President Donald Trump has added another presidential endorsement to his list of supporters, with the Florida Republican Party announcing that it’s officially throwing its weight behind the former president as he seeks to reclaim the White House.
‘The Primary Is Over’
The party endorsement is unusual in light of the timing of past endorsements, given that President Trump still faces a primary challenge. The decision is widely seen as a vote of confidence in the view that President Trump has all but officially clinched the Republican nomination for president.
Florida state Rep. Dean Black, chairman of the Duval County Republican Party, made the motion to endorse President Trump, expressing the view that it’s obvious who the GOP nominee will be.
“The Primary is over!” Mr. Black wrote in a post on X. “Now is the time to unite and deliver victory in Florida for @realDonaldTrump!”
The vote on the endorsement came a day after President Trump’s historic primary victory in the Nevada caucus, setting a new record for the most votes received.
The former president’s primary win in Nevada followed record-breaking results in two other states—Iowa and New Hampshire.
“The results of Iowa and New Hampshire make it clear that President Trump is the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party,” Mr. Power said in January.
‘It Got Hotter’
While President Trump still has a primary challenger in the form of former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, he has a commanding lead in the polls, with 74.3 percent support compared to 18.1 percent for Ms. Haley, according to the latest RealClearPolitics polling average.
Ms. Haley’s defeat in Nevada turned up the volume on calls for her to exit the race as critics say her continued candidacy is a waste of resources that should be used to defeat President Biden.
Her campaign, however, insists she’s still in the race and determined to win.
President Trump’s recent historic primary victories have come as something of a surprise to some.
“I think everybody got in the race thinking the Trump fever would break,” longtime Republican strategist Chip Saltsman, who chaired the campaign of one of President Trump’s rivals, told The Associated Press.
“And it didn’t break. It got hotter.”
Taylor Swift Endorsement Rumors
Meanwhile, as President Joe Biden’s approval ratings sit at historic lows, his team is reportedly looking to get some enthusiasm going for his campaign by seeking an endorsement from pop superstar Taylor Swift.
It’s unclear whether Ms. Swift, who boasts over 279 million followers on Instagram and has consistently backed Democrats, plans to endorse President Biden.
She endorsed President Biden in the 2020 presidential election and has expressed unfavorable views of President Trump.
Endorsements aside, President Biden’s strategy appears focused on trying to win over independent voters, while seeking to label President Trump and his supporters as “Make America Great Again” extremists and accusing them of being anti-democratic for their calls for vote audits.
President Trump, on the other hand, has called out President Biden for his “disastrous” energy and border policies, saying they undermine U.S. national security, while pegging the president as frail, incompetent, and dishonest.