Governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota is calling for Republicans to rally behind former President Donald Trump as the primary field narrows and the Iowa caucuses approach. Noem, who has been a vocal supporter of Trump, emphasizes the growing support for him, as indicated by recent polls.
In her statement, Noem highlights that Trump’s support has risen to over 50%, up from 43% in October. This increase comes as other Republican candidates, including former Vice President Mike Pence, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, and North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, have exited the race. Despite the entry of Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley into the race, Trump maintains a commanding lead in key states such as Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, as well as nationally.
Noem’s endorsement of Trump is not an isolated case. Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, who has announced his departure from the House at the end of December, also endorsed Trump. McCarthy, in an interview on CBS’s Sunday Morning, expressed confidence in Trump’s potential to win the GOP nomination and the general election if Biden remains the Democratic nominee. He also indicated his willingness to serve in Trump’s cabinet if offered a suitable position, citing his productive working relationship with Trump.
?BREAKING: South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem endorses Trump for President.
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) September 9, 2023
Noem’s and McCarthy’s endorsements reflect a broader sentiment within the Republican Party, where many are uniting behind Trump’s leadership. Their endorsements are seen as a strategic move to consolidate the party’s efforts against the Democratic nominee, presumably President Joe Biden, in the upcoming presidential election. With key figures in the party publicly supporting Trump, it signifies a solidifying base around his candidacy, suggesting that he remains a central figure in Republican politics and a formidable contender for the 2024 presidential race.