Trump racks up wins as GOP field shrinks

As the Republican presidential field has shrunk, one man has benefitted from his former opponents dropping out: former President Donald Trump.

Of the three remaining major GOP presidential candidates, Trump has received the most endorsements from former Republican nominees and is set to add an endorsement from Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), who dropped out of the presidential race in November, at an event on Friday.

Scott joins former presidential candidates Vivek Ramaswamy and Gov. Doug Burgum (R-ND), who have endorsed Trump after bowing out of the primary contest. Trump has also received the endorsement from lesser-known GOP candidates who have dropped out of the race, including businessman Perry Johnson and radio host Larry Elder.

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump shakes hands with former candidate Vivek Ramaswamy at a campaign event in Atkinson, N.H., Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who is still running against Trump, has only earned the endorsement of former long-shot GOP candidate Will Hurd, who dropped out in October. Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) has not received the endorsement of any former opponents in the presidential primary.

Haley had reportedly been seeking Scott’s endorsement in recent days ahead of the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday and the South Carolina primary next month, but Scott opted to endorse Trump. Scott was appointed to his Senate seat by Haley in 2013 and has since been reelected to the seat in 2014, 2016, and 2022.

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson are among the GOP candidates who dropped out of the race and declined to endorse any candidate. Christie was caught on a hot mic, just before dropping out of the race, saying Haley was “gonna get smoked” by Trump.


Trump has collected a trove of endorsements in his bid to return to the White House, including a majority of the Senate GOP conference and various House Republicans. A New York Times report from earlier this month claims the former president relishes getting endorsements from Republicans and rants in private over those who have yet to endorse him.

The former president has secured various endorsements that have hit home for several of his opponents. Gov. Henry McMaster (R-SC), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Scott are among the lawmakers who have endorsed Trump from Haley’s home state of South Carolina, while Sens. Rick Scott (R-FL) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) and various House Republicans from Florida are among those who have endorsed Trump from DeSantis’s home state.