Donald Trump has opened up an 11 percentage point lead over Nikki Haley, his rival for the Republican presidential nomination, ahead of Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary, according to the latest poll from CNN and the University of New Hampshire.

The development comes as Florida governor Ron DeSantis announced on Sunday that he was suspending his campaign and endorsing Mr Trump, despite months of animosity between the two men.

The candidate said in a video statement posted on X: “Following our second place finish in Iowa, we’ve prayed and deliberated on the way forward. If there was anything I could do to produce a favourable outcome, more campaign stops, more interviews, I would do it.”

He continued: “I can’t ask our supporters to volunteer their time and donate their resources if we don’t have a clear path to victory. Accordingly, I am today suspending my campaign.”

Mr DeSantis came in second in the Iowa Caucus but several polls, including CNN’s, subsequently placed him trailing in third place behind Mr Trump and Ms Haley in the Granite State, where they will now go head-to-head.

Key Points

  • ‘Haley can’t win!’ Trump insists as he boasts 11-point polling lead

  • DeSantis pulls out of Republican presidential race: ‘No path to victory’

  • Haley pays tribute to outgoing rival’s campaign

  • Former ambassaor hits back at Trump for ‘too many lies’

  • What to watch for in New Hampshire’s primary

DeSantis (finally) drops out of the race. Here’s what that means for Trump and Haley

15:00 , Joe Sommerlad

Here’s John Bowden to explain what last night’s inevitable drop-put means for the remaining two candidates in the race to be the Republican Party’s 2024 presidential nominee.

DeSantis (finally) drops out of the race. Here’s what that means for Trump and Haley

DeSantis campaign ends in indignity as fake Winston Churchill quote exposed

14:00 , Joe Sommerlad

Oh Ron…

Here’s more from Michelle Del Rey.

DeSantis bows out with rousing Churchill quote – that Churchill apparently never said

‘Haley can’t win!’ Trump insists

13:00 , Joe Sommerlad

As the race for New Hampshire (and beyond) becomes a two-horse race, Trump has ramped up his online attacks on his former UN ambassador Nikki Haley, flooding Truth Social with polling in his favour and deriding her chances.

The latest poll published by CNN/University of New Hampshire over the weekend puts the current difference between them at 11 percentage points, with Trump on 50 per cent and Haley on 39 per cent.

Another survey, by The Washington Post and Monmouth University, puts the gap slightly larger at 18 per cent, with Trump on 52 per cent and Haley on 34 per cent.

The front-runner has also been attempting to shut down criticism of his new nickname for her, “Nimbra”, a corruption of her Indian given name, which many have suggested is racist and intended to stoke up a spurious “birther” conspiracy theory against the South Carolina native.

Here’s more on how Haley got under his skin by attacking his mental fitness for office from Michelle Del Rey.

Haley questions Trump’s mental fitness after he repeatedly confuses her with Pelosi

Trump claims World Wars fought in America as cognitive decline concerns grow

12:00 , Joe Sommerlad

Campaigning in Rochester, New Hampshire, on Sunday evening, the Republican front-runner offered this frankly very confused account of the First and Second World Wars, adding to the growing concerns about his mental health and exhausting schedule after a string of high-profile gaffes, including blaming Nikki Haley for the Capitol riot on Friday.

Haley has naturally wasted no time in drawing attention to his conduct and turning it to her advantage.

He offered another pretty boggling history lesson on Saturday when he cited the bombing of Hiroshima as justification for his call for absolute presidential immunity.

Trump, of course, insists he is quite well and has “aced” every acuity test going.

Here’s Katie Hawkinson on a matter of growing concern.

Trump struggles to say ‘climate’ and reveals he recently took a cognitive test

Recap: DeSantis drops out of Republican race and endorses Trump

11:03 , Joe Sommerlad

The big political news of the weekend was the Florida governor dropping out of the race for the GOP nomination and endorsing Trump.

The nominee-presumptive himself has been reasonably gracious about it so far, telling his supporters he is “officially” retiring the “Ron DeSanctimonious” nickname after a year of abusing his rival.

Others have been less kind, however, with plenty of ridicule washing around online.

Clips of DeSantis’s own complaints about Republicans “kissing the ring”, California governor Gavin Newsom predicting his inevitable U-turn and fellow Floridian Matt Gaetz calling him “Diet Trump” have all been widely circulated while others remembered his disastrous Twitter Spaces launch with Elon Musk, his heeled cowboy boots and chocolate pudding fingers.

Here’s Katie Hawkinson and Namita Singh with more on his exit.

Ron DeSantis drops out of presidential race after campaign’s failure to launch

Donald Trump celebrates Ron Desantis’ decision to end presidential campaign

10:00 , Namita Singh

Donald Trump has celebrated one-time Republican rival Ron DeSantis as his newest supporter after the Florida governor ended his presidential campaign and endorsed the former president.

For Mr Trump, it has become a familiar ritual to welcome the backing of someone who once tried to take him on.

Nonetheless, it was notable at Sunday’s rally in New Hampshire to see Mr Trump praise Mr DeSantis without calling him “DeSantimonious” or “DeSanctus”, putting an end to perhaps the most bitter rivalry of Republicans’ 2024 campaign.

“I just want to thank Ron and congratulate him on doing a very good job,” Mr Trump said at the outset of his remarks.

“He was very gracious, and he endorsed me. I appreciate that, and I also look forward to working with Ron.”

Mr Trump described Mr DeSantis as “a really terrific person”.

Earlier in the day, Mr DeSantis said via video that he would be ending his campaign two days before New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation Republican primary.

ICYMI: Watch as Nikki Haley reacts to Ron DeSantis dropping out of race

09:00 , Katie Hawkinson

‘It’s not easy’: A reluctant Trump endorsement from DeSantis

08:00 , Namita Singh

Ron DeSantis on Sunday reluctantly endorsed Donald Trump in the presidential race.

“It’s clear to me that a majority of Republican primary voters want to give Donald Trump another chance,” Mr DeSantis said, offering matter-of-fact analysis through a forced smile without adding plaudits for Mr Trump.

“I signed a pledge to support the Republican nominee, and I will honour that pledge,” he continued, before adding a dig at the remaining contender, Nikki Haley.

Mr DeSantis described the former UN ambassador and one-time South Carolina governor as a stand-in for “the old Republican guard of yesteryear, a repackaged form of warmed-over corporatism”.

Mr Trump seemed unbothered by Mr DeSantis’ approach, striking a tone of camaraderie as fellow political combatants.

“I will tell you it’s not easy,” Mr Trump said on Sunday night in Rochester.

“They think it’s easy doing this stuff, right? It’s not easy.”

ICYMI: California Governor Gavin Newsom mocks Ron DeSantis’ campaign suspension

07:00 , Katie Hawkinson

“Fire sale on all Ron DeSantis merch today!” the Democratic West Coast governor said in a post to X shortly after Mr DeSantis announced the end of his campaign.

The political rivals faced off in a December debate, despite Mr Newsom not currently running for president.

‘Wounded falling bird from sky’: Slide in relationship between Trump and DeSantis

06:00 , Namita Singh

Former president Donald Trump seemed to revel in skewering Ron DeSantis throughout the campaign, often making clear it was a personal grudge because he considered the governor’s decision to run in the first place an act of disloyalty.

Mr Trump endorsed Mr DeSantis, then a congressman, in a competitive 2018 Republican primary for Florida governor.

Mr DeSantis went on to win the nomination and the general election. By the time Mr DeSantis won a landslide re-election four years later, though, he was positioning himself for his own White House campaign.

As recently as November, Mr Trump came to Florida and addressed a boisterous crowd at a state Republican meeting standing in front of a sign that read: “Florida is Trump Country.”

That evening, Mr Trump did not mention Mr DeSantis until more than 30 minutes into his speech. Even then, it was to brag about polls showing his advantages over the governor.

“I endorsed him, and he became a rocket ship in 24 hours,” Mr Trump said, claiming that Mr DeSantis had begged for his endorsement.

“Now he’s like a wounded falling bird from the sky.”

Mr Trump never did debate Mr DeSantis or any other 2024 rival. He has said he would not until one proves they are a legitimate threat to him winning the nomination.

Mr DeSantis concentrated his campaign in recent months in Iowa, where he finished in second place in last week’s caucuses – 30 percentage points behind Mr Trump and barely ahead of Ms Haley.

Ms Haley, meanwhile, has long prioritised New Hampshire as a potential springboard ahead of her home-state South Carolina primary next month.

ICYMI: DeSantis endorsed Trump after dropping out of race

05:01 , Katie Hawkinson

After announcing the end of his presidential bid, the Florida governor announced his endorsement for the former President.

“It’s clear to me a majority of Republican primary voters want to give Donald Trump another chance,” Mr DeSantis said.

ICYMI: New Hampshire polls showed DeSantis trailing in third place with single digits just before he dropped out of race

04:01 , Katie Hawkinson

Before presidential hopeful Ron DeSantis dropped out of the race on Sunday, polls had him in third place significantly behind Nikki Haley.

Mr Trump was polled at 50 per cent in Tuesday’s primary, with Ms Haley in second place at 39 per cent and Mr DeSantis at 6 per cent, according to a CNN poll released on Sunday.

Read the story below:

New Hampshire polls showed DeSantis trailing in third place ahead of primary

‘It’s not easy’: A reluctant Trump endorsement from DeSantis

03:24 , Namita Singh

Ron DeSantis on Sunday reluctantly endorsed Donald Trump in the presidential race.

“It’s clear to me that a majority of Republican primary voters want to give Donald Trump another chance,” Mr DeSantis said, offering matter-of-fact analysis through a forced smile without adding plaudits for Mr Trump.

“I signed a pledge to support the Republican nominee, and I will honour that pledge,” he continued, before adding a dig at the remaining contender, Nikki Haley.Mr DeSantis described the former UN ambassador and one-time South Carolina governor as a stand-in for “the old Republican guard of yesteryear, a repackaged form of warmed-over corporatism”.

Mr Trump seemed unbothered by Mr DeSantis’ approach, striking a tone of camaraderie as fellow political combatants.

“I will tell you it’s not easy,” Mr Trump said on Sunday night in Rochester.

“They think it’s easy doing this stuff, right? It’s not easy.”

Donald Trump celebrates Ron Desantis’ decision to end presidential campaign

03:07 , Namita Singh

Donald Trump has celebrated one-time Republican rival Ron DeSantis as his newest supporter after the Florida governor ended his presidential campaign and endorsed the former president.

For Mr Trump, it has become a familiar ritual to welcome the backing of someone who once tried to take him on.

Nonetheless, it was notable at Sunday’s rally in New Hampshire to see Mr Trump praise Mr DeSantis without calling him “DeSantimonious” or “DeSanctus”, putting an end to perhaps the most bitter rivalry of Republicans’ 2024 campaign.

“I just want to thank Ron and congratulate him on doing a very good job,” Mr Trump said at the outset of his remarks.

“He was very gracious, and he endorsed me. I appreciate that, and I also look forward to working with Ron.”

Mr Trump described Mr DeSantis as “a really terrific person”.

Earlier in the day, Mr DeSantis said via video that he would be ending his campaign two days before New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation Republican primary.

ICYMI: Infamous ‘LizaMinnelliOutlives’ X account posts about DeSantis suspending campaign

03:00 , Michelle Del Rey

“Liza Minnelli has outlived Ron DeSantis’s presidential campaign. The anti-LGBT bully never gained traction despite spending millions of dollars,” the account said in a post on X shortly after the Republican presidential hopeful suspended his campaign.

The New Hampshire primary is Tuesday. When will we have the results?

02:00 , Katie Hawkinson

While New Hampshire is unlikely to face the same kind of harsh weather conditions as the Iowa caucusgoers last week, the results could be delayed by a significant amount of hand-counting or by calls for a recount by a former president who has made a habit of questioning results he doesn’t like.

Amid the battle within the Democratic Party about which states should come first in the primary calendar, President Joe Biden, who is not on the ballot, is expected to get a large number of write-in votes on Tuesday 23 January, meaning that hand-counting may delay the final results on the Democratic side.

Mr Biden is being challenged by self-help author Marianne Williamson and Rep Dean Phillips but neither is seen as a threat.

New Hampshire Secretary of State David Scanlan has told election officials to release the results of the Republican primary ahead of the Democratic results if hand-counting on the left side of the aisle slows down the processing of ballots.

Read more from Gustaf Kilander:

When will we know the results of the New Hampshire primary?

Matt Gaetz seemingly calls Ron DeSantis ‘diet Trump’

01:00 , Katie Hawkinson

At a Sunday event in New Hampshire, Florida representative Matt Gaetz appears to call Ron DeSantis ‘diet Trump’ just hours after the governor ended his presidential campaign.

“In a way, DeSantis endorsing us now, it really creates a contrast of ideas. Because with DeSantis and Trump, you saw a lot of the same ideas,” Mr Gaetz said. “I guess we figured out we wanted Trump instead of diet Trump.”

DeSantis (finally) drops out of the race. Here’s what that means for Trump and Haley

00:00 , Katie Hawkinson

And then there were two.

Ron DeSantis’s presidential bid ended unceremoniously on Sunday with a Twitter video marking the end of a campaign that had begun on the same platform. It was a ho-hum but not necessarily surprising end for a candidate who had placed a distant second in a state where he has thrown everything he had against the frontrunner and who faced a difficult primary contest calendar going ahead.

Now, the race is down to Nikki Haley and Donald Trump, the latter of whom remains the far-and-away favourite to win it all after a decisive victory in the Iowa caucuses; the former president won 51 per cent of the vote. The 2024 GOP primary has, so far, played out exactly as the polls predicted it would.

So what does Sunday’s development mean for Mr DeSantis’s two rivals for the nomination?

John Bowden has more…

DeSantis (finally) drops out of the race. Here’s what that means for Trump and Haley

DeSantis PAC leader spent time doing jigsaw puzzle as his campaign fizzled, report says

Sunday 21 January 2024 22:49 , Katie Hawkinson

The leader of a super PAC allied with Ron DeSantis and his now-defunct presidential bid spent time at work building a jigsaw puzzle as the governor’s campaign died out, a new report reveals.

Just hours before the Florida governor announced he was dropping out of the 2024 presidential race, NBC News published a scathing story detailing the pitfalls of the since-ended campaign. The report revealed Scott Wagner, CEO of the super PAC Never Back Down, spent a significant amount of time constructing a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle at the organization’s headquarters in West Des Moines, Iowa.

“Staffers are putting their dedication and devotion to electing Gov. DeSantis and they come in and the CEO, the chairman of the organization, is sitting there working on a puzzle for hours,” a Never Back Down staffer told NBC News.

Read more…

DeSantis PAC leader spent time doing jigsaw puzzle as his campaign fizzled: report

Donald Trump releases statement on DeSantis dropping out

Sunday 21 January 2024 22:37 , Katie Hawkinson

The Donald Trump campaign has issued a statement on the Florida governor’s decision to drop out of the race on Sunday, per Nick Corasaniti with The New York Times.

“With only a few days left until President Donald J. Trump’s victory in New Hampshire, we are honored by the endorsement from Governor Ron DeSantis and so many other former presidential candidates,” the statement read.

The statement went on to tell voters, “it’s time to choose wisely” between Mr Trump and candidate Nikki Haley.

“Nikki Haley is the candidate of the globalists and Democrats who will do everything to stop the America First movement,” the statement continued. From higher taxes, to decimating Social Security and Medicare, and to open borders, she represents the views of Democrats more than the views of Republicans.”

Democratic National Committee press secretary responds to DeSantis announcement

Sunday 21 January 2024 22:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Sarafina Chitika, national press secretary for the Democratic National Committee, released a statement in response to the Florida governor suspending his campaign.

“Ron DeSantis pinned his entire campaign’s hopes on the same extreme MAGA agenda that both Donald Trump and Nikki Haley are still running on, and now he is the latest member of the GOP to fall in line behind the original MAGA brand,” Ms Chitika said in a statement provided to The Independent.

“Just like Trump, DeSantis ran a campaign pledging to ban abortion nationwide, rip away access to health care, and gut Social Security and Medicare, while embracing election deniers and whitewashing January 6,” Ms Chitika continued. “Whichever candidate wins the race for the MAGA base will be left running on the same dangerous and unpopular anti-freedom agenda that voters will reject in November.”

ANALYSIS: How DeSantis tried to fight on two fronts – and cowered in both

Sunday 21 January 2024 21:48 , Katie Hawkinson

Wondering how the Ron DeSantis campaign ended up here today?

The Independent’s Washington, DC Bureau Chief and Senior Washington Correspondent Eric Garcia has the analysis you’re looking for:

Down and out: How DeSantis tried to fight on two fronts – and cowered in both

International Churchill Society says UK prime minister never said words used by DeSantis in suspension announcement

Sunday 21 January 2024 21:32 , Michelle Del Rey

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts,” were words never said by UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill, according to the International Churchill Society.

Former presidential candidate Ron DeSantis used the quote in a post to X, formerly Twitter, announcing the end of his campaign.

Reacting to a story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution published in 2013 which used the same quote, the organisation tasked with preserving the legacy of the prime minister, said Mr Churchill never used the quote or one similar.

“We base this on careful research in the canon of fifty million words by and about Churchill, including all of his books, articles, speeches and papers,” the organisation said.

WATCH: Nikki Haley reacts to Ron DeSantis quitting presidential race

Sunday 21 January 2024 21:30 , Katie Hawkinson

California Governor Gavin Newsom mocks Ron DeSantis’ campaign suspension

Sunday 21 January 2024 21:17 , Michelle Del Rey

“Fire sale on all Ron DeSantis merch today!” the Democratic West Coast governor said in a post to X shortly after Mr DeSantis announced the end of his campaign.

The political rivals faced-off in December debate, despite Mr Newsom not currently running for president.

“One thing that we have in common is neither of us will be the nominee for our party in 2024,” Mr Newsom said during the debate.

The X ‘LizaMinnelliOutlives’ account tweets about DeSantis suspending campaign

Sunday 21 January 2024 21:09 , Michelle Del Rey

“Liza Minnelli has outlived Ron DeSantis’s presidential campaign. The anti-LGBT bully never gained traction despite spending millions of dollars,” the account said in a post on X shortly after the Republican presidential hopeful suspended his campaign.

New Hampshire polls showed DeSantis trailing in third place with single digits

Sunday 21 January 2024 20:56 , Michelle Del Rey

Before presidential hopeful Ron DeSantis dropped out of the race on Sunday, polls had him in third place significantly behind Nikki Haley.

Mr Trump was polled at 50 per cent in Tuesday’s primary, with Ms Haley in second place at 39 per cent and Mr DeSantis at 6 per cent, according to data released on Sunday.

Read the story below.

New Hampshire polls show DeSantis trailing in third place ahead of primary

Haley pays tribute to DeSantis campaign

Sunday 21 January 2024 20:49 , Michelle Del Rey

Presidential candidate Nikki Haley responded to the news of Ron DeSantis dropping out of the race while speaking at a campaign event on Sunday ahead of the New Hampshire primary.

“We just heard that Ron DeSantis has dropped out of the race,” Ms Haley told the crowd of supporters. “I want to say to Ron, he ran a great race. He’s been a good governor and we wish him well.”

She added: “Having said that, it’s now one fella and one lady left.” Ms Haley is currently trailing behind Mr Trump in the polls.

DeSantis endorses Trump

Sunday 21 January 2024 20:38 , Michelle Del Rey

“It’s clear to me a majority of Republican primary voters want to give Donald Trump another chance,” Mr DeSantis said in a video message on Sunday suspending his campaign and endorsing the former president.

“They watched his presidency get stymied by relentless resistance,” he continued, pointing out his disagreements with Mr Trump.

Still, he said, “Trump is superior to the current incumbent, Joe Biden. That is clear.

“I signed a pledge to support the Republican nominee and I will honour that pledge. He has my endorsement because we can’t go back to the old Republican guard of yesteryear.”

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis pulling out of presidential race

Sunday 21 January 2024 20:21 , Michelle Del Rey

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is pulling out of the presidential race, he announced in a video statement on Sunday.

“Following our second place finish in Iowa, we’ve prayed and deliberated on the way forward,” Mr DeSantis said. “If there was anything I could do to produce a favourable outcome, more campaign stops, more interviews, I would do it.”

But, he said, “I can’t ask our supporters to volunteer their time and donate their resources if we don’t have a clear path to victory. Accordingly, I am today suspending my campaign.”

Mr DeSantis came in second behind former president Donald Trump in Iowa, but had been trailing behind Nikki Haley and Mr Trump ahead of the New Hampshire primary next week.

Read more below.

Ron DeSantis drops out of presidential race after campaign’s failure to launch

Sunday 21 January 2024 17:50 , Katie Hawkinson

As the New Hampshire Republican primary approaches, polls are placing Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in third place far behind front-runner Donald Trump and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.

A poll from CNN conducted by the University of New Hampshire places Mr Trump at 50 per cent in Tuesday’s primary, with Ms Haley in second place at 39 per cent. Meanwhile, Mr DeSantis is polling at just 6 per cent, according to the data released on Sunday.

This latest poll from CNN indicates a marked change from their previous poll taken ahead of the Iowa caucuses, showing Mr Trump at 39 per cent and Ms Haley much closer at 32 per cent. Mr DeSantis, however, was still trailing far behind at 5 per cent even in early January.

Read more on the New Hampshire primary projections ahead of this Tuesday:

New Hampshire polls show DeSantis trailing in third place ahead of primary

DeSantis’ campaign cancels Sunday media appearances, prompting questions about the future of his campaign

Sunday 21 January 2024 16:52 , Katie Hawkinson

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has cancelled his Sunday media appearances due to apparent scheduling conflicts just days ahead of the New Hampshire Republican primary.

The governor cancelled appearances on both CNN’s State of the Union and NBC’s Meet the Press on 21 January, CNN’s Jim Acosta reported on Saturday night, spurring questions about the state of his campaign. Less than an hour later, Mr DeSantis’ press secretary released a statement.

“The media hits were canceled due to a scheduling issue and will be rescheduled,” press secretary Bryan Griffin said on X. “The governor will be traveling Sunday morning with the campaign and has public events scheduled Sunday evening through Tuesday in NH.”

However, observers are still speculating this could indicate the end of the DeSantis presidential campaign.

DeSantis campaign denies he’s about to quit race as he cancels Sunday shows

New Hampshire residents want better answers from the candidates on the opioid crisis

Sunday 21 January 2024 14:40 , Michelle Del Rey

A small state with an outsized role in presidential politics, New Hampshire has heard from candidates promising action on the opioid crisis for several presidential elections now.

And some of those closest to the problem here say they’re dissatisfied with how the Republicans competing in Tuesday’s primary have focused on the border and law enforcement instead of treatment and recovery.

Some New Hampshire residents want better answers from the 2024 candidates on the opioid crisis

Why do presidents need total immunity?

Sunday 21 January 2024 13:40 , Michelle Del Rey

Donald Trump has his reasons, as Julia Reinstein explains:

Trump invokes ‘rogue cops’ and ‘bad apples’ to explain why he needs total immunity

Sanders, Gabbard and Carlson pitched as possible Trump running mates

Sunday 21 January 2024 11:40 , Michelle Del Rey

Conservative media appears to have decided post-Iowa that Trump already has the Republican nomination sown up and is already turning its attention towards the identity of his possible running mate.

On Fox, Laura Ingraham reviewed the candidates and pitched Arkanasas governor and former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and ex-Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard, among others.

But the president’s son, Don Jr, has suggested that ex-Fox anchor Tucker Carlson is “certainly a contender”.

Gustaf Kilander has more on that odious prospect.

Tucker Carlson ‘certainly a contender’ for Trump’s VP pick, Don Jr says

Tim Scott endorses Trump

Sunday 21 January 2024 09:40 , Michelle Del Rey

Senator Tim Scott, a one-time 2024 GOP presidential rival of Donald Trump’s, will endorse the former president’s bid to return to the White House at a rally in New Hampshire on Friday evening.

The New York Times reports that the senator from South Carolina is travelling to Florida today to fly up to the Granite State with Mr Trump for a weekend of campaigning ahead of Tuesday’s primary.

Senator Scott is the highest-ranking elected Black Republican and his endorsement of the former president will reignite speculation that he could be a contender to be Mr Trump’s running mate, should he win the party’s nomination.

Mr Scott ended his own campaign on 12 November and has since come to the conclusion that the former president is the best candidate to beat President Joe Biden in November, the Times reports citing a “person familiar with his thinking”.

Mr Trump appeared to avoid criticising the senator when they were in competition for the party’s nomination.

The decision of the senator from South Carolina is potentially a setback for Nikki Haley — as governor of South Carolina, she appointed Mr Scott to the Senate in 2012.

Report: Trump ‘planning on testifying’ at E Jean Carroll defamation trial on Monday

Sunday 21 January 2024 07:40 , Michelle Del Rey

NBC News reports that Donald Trump is “planning on testifying” at his second trial for defaming E Jean Carroll, which resumes on Monday in New York.

It was previously believed he would stay in New Hampshire until after the primary on Tuesday (as he had written on Truth Social) but the former president has spent the last week shuttling around the country between the Iowa caucuses, the New York trial, his mother-in-law’s funeral in Florida, and campaign stops in New Hampshire — so another quick couple of flights could well be on the cards…

If he is attending court on Monday he will be heading straight for the airport afterwards as he is scheduled to deliver remarks in Laconia, New Hampshire at 9pm.

Haley pitches herself as broadening appeal of GOP

Sunday 21 January 2024 05:40 , Michelle Del Rey

Trump claims he prevented ‘nuclear holocaust’ in fraud trial deposition

Sunday 21 January 2024 03:40 , Michelle Del Rey

In pre-trial testimony, the former president claims ‘you might have a nuclear war now’ without him in office.

Trump claims he prevented ‘nuclear holocaust’ in fraud trial deposition

Trump presidency could be ‘big win for the world’ says ex-PM

Sunday 21 January 2024 01:40 , Michelle Del Rey

Boris Johnson has said a second Donald Trump presidency could be a “big win for the world” and “just what the world needs” as he backed the Republican party favourite.

Here’s our reporting on what the former UK prime minister wrote in The Daily Mail

Boris Johnson says Trump presidency could be ‘big win for the world’

When will we know the results of the New Hampshire primary?

Saturday 20 January 2024 23:40 , Michelle Del Rey

When will we know the results of the New Hampshire primary?

Mr Trump appeared to confuse Ms Haley with Nancy Pelosi at a campaign event on Friday

Saturday 20 January 2024 17:20 , Michelle Del Rey

Mr Trump told attendees at his New Hampshire campaign event that Ms Haley was responsible for security during the January 6 US Capitol riot. The former president appeared to be confusing the former ambassador to the UN with the former speaker of the house.

Ms Haley has never served as a member of US Congress. Additionally, Ms Pelosi was not responsible for the security response to the incident. That duty lies with the Capitol Police Board.

Read more here.

Watch: Experts discuss what to expect in 2024 US election

Saturday 20 January 2024 14:00 , Oliver O’Connell

It’s no easy task to sum up what to expect from the 2024 race for the White House in just one hour – but that’s what The Independent’s latest virtual event did.

On Wednesday, The Independent hosted a live panel recapping the results of the Iowa caucuses and looking ahead to the New Hampshire primary and the general election.

What to expect in 2024 US election – from Trump’s legal woes to Biden’s age

Trump yet again gets confused between Biden and Obama

Saturday 20 January 2024 13:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough, who served in the US House as a Florida Republican between 1995 and 2001, said on MSNBC on Friday morning that “Donald Trump is not well, we know this”.

“He really does think that Barack Obama is still president of the United States,” he added.

Gustaf Kilander has the story:

Trump confuses Biden and Obama… again

Haley hits back at ‘insecure’ Trump ahead of New Hampshire face-off

Saturday 20 January 2024 12:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Nikki Haley has hit back at Donald Trump after he ramped up his attacks on her ahead of the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday.

The former South Carolina governor said Mr Trump’s personal attacks mean he is feeling “threatened” and “insecure” as they head towards the state’s 2024 GOP presidential contest.

It comes after the former president shared an article from far-right conspiracy site The Gateway Pundit which claimed Ms Haley is not a “natural born citizen” and is therefore not eligible to serve as President of the United States because her parents, Indian immigrants, were not American citizens when she was born in 1972.

Ms Haley, who served as Mr Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, was born in the United States and is therefore eligible to run for president, according to the 14th Amendment.

Martha McHardy reports:

Nikki Haley hits back at ‘insecure’ Trump ahead of New Hampshire face-off

Republican fantasies about Trump and the Democrats came crashing down this week

Saturday 20 January 2024 10:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Eric Garcia writes:

“People don’t think like I do and that’s the situation” could encapsulate the predicament the entire Republican Party faces. For the last few months, we at Inside Washington have said Republicans — all the way down from the squirreliest congress critters to the wealthiest donors to candidates — are engaged in a collective kind of magical thinking. Such wishful thinking has allowed the GOP to behave like they’re living in a world they would prefer, rather than the world as it is.

This week finally shattered that.

Continue reading:

This week, Republican fantasies about Trump and the Democrats came crashing down

DeSantis regrets shunning the media

Saturday 20 January 2024 08:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Ron DeSantis has said he now regrets shunning mainstream media appearances in the early stages of his campaign to earn the Republican presidential nomination.

The Florida Governor admitted he should have been “blanketing” major network shows to reach a “broader” range of primary voters.

Mr DeSantis scored a narrow victory over Nikki Haley in the Iowa caucuses on Monday, though he lagged far behind Donald Trump – the clear frontrunner in the race.

DeSantis says he regrets shunning the media

Gaetz says Trump doesn’t need women voters because ‘there’s a Julio and a Jamal ready’

Saturday 20 January 2024 06:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Matt Gaetz has argued that the demographic changes between the parties will help former President Donald Trump get back to the White House.

The Florida congressman who incited the ouster of former GOP speaker Kevin McCarthy appeared to suggest on Newsmax on Wednesday that as white women leave the Republican Party under the leadership of Mr Trump, they will be replaced by Latino and Black men moving towards the GOP.

Read the rest of Mr Gaetz’s comments below:

Matt Gaetz says Trump doesn’t need women voters because ‘there’s a Julio ready’

March for Life rallies against abortion with an eye toward the November elections

Saturday 20 January 2024 04:30 , AP

Thousands of opponents of abortion rights rallied under falling snow on Friday at the annual March for Life, as speakers urged the impassioned crowd to capitalize on the movement’s major victory in the Supreme Court and keep fighting until abortion is eliminated.

Months before a presidential election that could be heavily influenced by abortion politics, anti-abortion activists packed the National Mall carrying signs with messages such as “Life is precious” and “I am the pro-life generation.” After listening to speeches, the crowd, braving frigid temperatures, marched past the U.S. Capitol and Supreme Court. One group planted in front of Court, beating a drum and chanting: “Everyone you know was once an embryo.”

Friday’s March for Life is the second such event in the nation’s capital since the June 2022 Supreme Court ruling that ended the federal protection for abortion rights enshrined in Roe v. Wade. Last year’s march was triumphant, with organizers relishing a state-by-state fight in legislatures around the country.

Speakers praised the Dobbs decision that overturned Roe v. Wade but said it was more important now than ever to keep up the pressure on lawmakers to advance abortion restrictions.

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