Trump edges out Nikki Haley for Tim Scott’s endorsement
Why it matters: The expected move by the former GOP presidential hopeful comes after Trump and former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley fought for Scott's endorsement ahead of the New Hampshire primary.
- It's a blow to Haley, a fellow South Carolina Republican, who is hoping to catch Trump in 2024's first-in-the-nation primary on Tuesday and break his momentum following a dominant win at the Iowa caucuses.
The big picture: Scott, who Haley appointed to the Senate when she was governor, is the latest prominent Republican to get behind Trump after his 30-point win in Iowa.
- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Trump's rival in the 2016 primary, also endorsed the former president after Iowa.
- Other former GOP presidential hopefuls, including Vivek Ramaswamy and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, have all also backed Trump this month.
- The New York Times first reported on Scott's plans.
Zoom in: Scott said in November when he suspended his campaign that he was not going to make an immediate endorsement.
- "The best way for me to be helpful is to not weigh in on who they should endorse," he said in November.
What they're saying: "Interesting that Trump's lining up with all the Washington insiders when he claimed he wanted to drain the swamp," a spokesperson for Haley said in a statement.
- "But the fellas are gonna do what the fellas are gonna do."
A spokesperson for Trump's campaign did not immediately respond to Axios' request for comment.
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