What DeSantis’ dropout means for the rest of the GOP primary: How the shocking decision ‘MATTERS’ to Trump and makes it ‘harder’ for Haley

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With Ron DeSantis’ shocking announcement that he will drop out of the White House race, the question now is who his supporters will back.

Will they flock to Donald Trump and give the front-runner an even bigger boost, or will they decide to support Nikki Haley?

The New Hampshire primary is less than 48 hours away and Haley is hoping for a longshot victory to close the gap on Trump in what is now a two-horse race.

She trails Trump in the polls by double digits and faces an uphill battle to win the state she has focused on after finishing third in Iowa.

While it is unclear how the Florida Governor’s explosive decision to end his campaign will play out at the polls, analysts and polls have suggested it will benefit Trump.

With Ron DeSantis' shocking announcement that he will drop out of the White House race, the question now is who his supporters will back.

With Ron DeSantis’ shocking announcement that he will drop out of the White House race, the question now is who his supporters will back.

DeSantis supporters in the state were surprised by the timing of the announcement, and some admitted they don’t know how they will vote on Tuesday.

But many are resigned to the fact that in 2024 it will be Trump against Biden again.

Republican strategist Scott Jennings told DailyMail.com: ‘Trump benefits, but he was already moving toward the nomination.

‘Trump is dominant. He has carried out a textbook operation to dispatch his opponents.

“New Hampshire is the most fertile ground Haley would ever find and Trump leads her by a decent margin.

‘From there, things don’t get any easier. In fact, it becomes much more difficult.”

A CNN/University of New Hampshire poll released hours before the DeSantis news showed his supporters were more likely to back the former president than Haley.

The poll found that 62 percent of likely New Hampshire voters who had DeSantis as their first choice would choose Trump second, while only 32 percent had Haley as their alternative.

The poll had Trump leading Haley by 11 points in the Granite State with two days until polls open. DeSantis was polling at just six percent before he retired.

Dan Arlen, a DeSantis supporter, told DailyMail.com he wasn't sure who he would support now after his candidate dropped out.  But he is resigned to the prospect of a Trump-Biden rematch in 2024.

Dan Arlen, a DeSantis supporter, told DailyMail.com he wasn’t sure who he would support now after his candidate dropped out. But he is resigned to the prospect of a Trump-Biden rematch in 2024.

A New Hampshire resident driving outside a canceled DeSantis event on Sunday holds a sign that says Trump belongs to a

A New Hampshire resident driving outside a canceled DeSantis event on Sunday holds a sign that says Trump belongs in a “prison” or “insane asylum.”

Even if all of his supporters defected and joined Haley, his goal of defeating the favorite would still be a difficult task.

A YouGov/The Economist poll conducted in late December and January produced similar results.

Of DeSantis supporters, 42 percent said Trump was their second choice, while 34 percent chose Haley.

In a Suffolk/USA Today poll also conducted in December, a staggering 67 percent of DeSantis said Trump was his backup, while just 18 percent said they would vote for Haley.

The New Hampshire primary is open, so voters of any party affiliation can participate.

Haley is banking on independents and Democrats coming out to support her if she is to have any chance of taking first place.

DailyMail.com also spoke to DeSantis supporters at the Farm Bar and Grille in Manchester, New Hampshire, who were hoping to attend his campaign event on Sunday night.

It was canceled, leaving some of his campaign staff toasting the end of his inside operation.

Restaurant staff told the media that since the event was cancelled, the press had to wait outside.

So voters who showed up to see their favorite candidate were left wondering where it all went wrong.

Richard Paddack of Gilford told DailyMail.com that he learned that DeSantis had abandoned while driving to the event with his eight-year-old daughter Elodie.

“He could understand the playing field going forward; seeing the primaries in the states at the end of the day, he had to make the right decision for his family,” Paddack said.

‘It was because of South Carolina, he invested a lot in South Carolina. Although I thought he would just stay on the other side.

He said he would continue to vote for DeSantis in Tuesday’s primary.

‘Here in New Hampshire, we are not going to back down on that support. We have to solve it. I mean, Governor Haley, her performance in this campaign has been extremely poor.

Paddack insisted he would not endorse Trump.

“There’s no way you can endorse someone with that character and then watch as the Republican Party has continued to cave in, simply without showing conviction,” Paddack said.

While it is unclear how the Florida Governor's explosive decision to end his campaign will play out at the polls, analysts and polls have suggested it will benefit Trump.

While it is unclear how the Florida Governor’s explosive decision to end his campaign will play out at the polls, analysts and polls have suggested it will benefit Trump.

‘Without honor. This is one of the reasons we love DeSantis so much is that he was willing to participate in our fight.”

When asked who he would vote for if the general election were between Trump and Biden, Paddack said, “If you’re listening to Joe (Manchin), I hope you’ll consider a third party.”

Dan Arlen was standing outside the restaurant and said he learned the news through social media.

‘It was interesting, just the timing of it all. I think Trump will be the nominee in November.

Arlen said he wasn’t sure who he would vote for in Tuesday’s primary and was resigned to the prospect of a Trump-Biden rematch.

If that’s the reality, he said he would “probably” vote for Trump.

The New Hampshire primary is less than 48 hours away and Haley is hoping for a longshot victory to close the gap on Trump in what is now a two-horse race.

The New Hampshire primary is less than 48 hours away and Haley is hoping for a longshot victory to close the gap on Trump in what is now a two-horse race.

New Hampshire state Rep. Emily Phillips said she was surprised by DeSantis’ decision when she heard about it from X.

‘I’m disappointed. I’m a little shocked. I wonder about the timing. Why couldn’t it wait until after Tuesday.

‘A lot of work has been done. Many of our state representatives have dedicated a lot of time to their campaign. So I don’t know the political game or why it’s time, but it’s a little shocking.”

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