Trump is gaining support ahead of the New Hampshire primary

Former President Donald J. Trump has received a flood of support in the final countdown to the New Hampshire primary, as his allies say the Republican race for the 2024 nomination is all but over.

After Florida Governor Ron DeSantis endorsed Mr. Trump in his announcement on Sunday that he was leaving the race, a number of his former supporters, including Representative Bob Good of Virginia and Ashley Moody, the Florida attorney general, followed suit.

Representative Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, the only member of her congressional delegation who has yet to endorse, has also supported Mr. Trump — making him the seventh of eight Republican members of Congress to do so. Only one, Representative Ralph Norman, endorsed Nikki Haley, the state’s former governor and Mr. Trump’s latest rival.

Additional endorsements for Mr. Trump came Monday from Republicans from state houses to Congress. In Georgia, the agriculture commissioner and nearly half of the Republican state senate delegation announced their support Trump on Monday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Earlier supporters of Mr. Trump took advantage of the departure of Mr. DeSantis from the race to declare Mr. Trump the “presumptive nominee,” even though only Iowa has voted so far. Mr Trump already has the support of President Mike Johnson and most Republicans in Congress. Following Mr Trump’s 30-point victory in Iowa, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas joined the list of supporters.

Three of Mr. Trump’s former rivals for the presidency in 2024 — Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina; Governor Doug Burgum of North Dakota; and Vivek Ramaswamy, a biotech entrepreneur — also lined up behind him. In a final show of unity among the rest of the GOP field, all three will appear alongside Mr. Trump on Monday night at a rally in Laconia, NH, according to Trump campaign officials.

Some of the recent confirmations have doubled as a betrayal of Ms. Haley. Representative Nancy Mays of South Carolina, who was endorsed by Ms. Haley last year as she battled a Trump-backed primary challenger aiming to oust her from Congress, announced on Monday that she would endorse Mr. Trump. Mr. Scott is from Ms. Haley’s home state — and she appointed him to the Senate when she was governor of the state in 2012. )

By comparison, Mrs. Haley has the support of Gov. Chris Sununu of New Hampshire, former Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland and former Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas — all politicians who represent the party’s traditionally more conservative wing. Former Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, who ran the most fervent anti-Trump campaign and was once seen as a potential supporter of Ms. Haley, appears to have no plans to endorse the race.

Ms. Haley, who has long considered herself “underrated” in her political career, is using the flood of support from Mr. Trump to position herself as a political outsider, something that was once seen as attractive to Mr. Trump. In Franklin, N.H., on Monday, she said she was ready to fight the political establishment that is now rallying behind Mr. Trump and the media, which she said is misrepresenting his victory as inevitable.

“America doesn’t do coronations — we believe in elections,” Ms. Haley said. “We believe in democracy and we believe in freedom. I said I love a live free or die country, but you know what? I want to make it a live-free-or-die country.”

Defections among leading Republicans to Mr. Trump are rare. Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican minority leader, has yet to endorse a nominee. Neither did Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, the other Senate Republican who had previously endorsed Mr. Scott.

Representative Chip Roy of Texas and Representative Thomas Massie of Kentucky, two of the few congressmen who supported Mr. DeSantis’ candidacy, also did not rush to Mr. Trump’s side.

Jazmine Ulloa and Michael Gold contributed to the reporting.

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