Vivek Ramaswamy urges Ron DeSantis to drop 2024 bid

Vivek AP Iowa Ramaswamy
The former candidate wants the Governor out of the race before New Hampshire votes on Tuesday.

Ron DeSantis says he’s not leaving the presidential race anytime soon, but a former opponent for the 2024 Republican nomination says he should do just that.

Former candidate Vivek Ramaswamy said DeSantis should withdraw before the next Primary in the race.

“I’ll give (DeSantis) immense credit if he does the right thing & drops out before the NH primary. Most of his votes will go to Donald Trump & we can end this primary to make sure that Nikki Haley & her neocon ilk never come anywhere near the White House. That’s a key reason why I exited,” Ramaswamy posted on X.

Ramaswamy, who finished a distant fourth place in Iowa, immediately endorsed the former President after his defeat.

It’s unclear how many votes would ultimately go to Trump if DeSantis withdrew from the race, especially in the Granite State where DeSantis hasn’t caught on as a candidate based on polling. But surveys have suggested DeSantis and Ramaswamy largely served to cannibalize Trump’s support in New Hampshire.

The Saint Anselm College Survey Center survey taken Jan. 8-9, which found DeSantis and Ramaswamy tied at 6%, found “76% of DeSantis supporters and 74% of Ramaswamy supporters have a favorable impression of Trump.” If those numbers are accurate, Ramaswamy’s assertion that DeSantis’ departure would boost the former President could have some merit.

Other polling indicates that DeSantis’ support may not rebound regardless of whether he stays in or not.

The Suffolk University/NBC10 Boston/Boston Globe survey released Wednesday shows DeSantis with 5% support but with 30% as the “second choice” candidate, a meaningless honorific given the campaign is over in days in New Hampshire.

This is a better poll for DeSantis than one other that was released this week. The latest American Research Group survey of next week’s Primary finds the Governor at 4%.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Earl Pitts "Sage Political Expert Emeritas" American

    January 17, 2024 at 7:51 pm

    Good evening America,
    If Vivek “Apu” Ramaswamy, In his role as “The Beloved Springfield Quicky Mart Manager” were urging Homer Simpson to get the 18 pack of Duff Beer rather than just the 6 pack then Apu would have everyone’s “Sage Love and Respect”.
    However having Apu urge Ron “The Ronald” to do “Anything” is just “Crazy Talk”.
    At this point in time I, Earl Pitts American, strongly urge Apu to “Sit Down and Shut Up”.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts American

  • MH/Duuuval

    January 17, 2024 at 9:34 pm

    So, any in favor of Vivek as VP?

    • PeterH

      January 18, 2024 at 12:43 am

      Biden will never ask Ramaswamy to be his VP!

    • Earl Pitts "Sage Political Expert Emeritas" American

      January 18, 2024 at 7:17 am

      Both MH above and Peter below improperly think he’s still going by his political moniker “Vivek” when he’s actually returned to the name his “Dear Sweet Mother” blessed him at birth of “Apu”.
      Y’all need to quit disrespecting Apu !!!
      “JUSTICE FOR APU” !!!!
      Earl Pitts American

  • Dont Say FLA

    January 18, 2024 at 7:44 am

    Vivek finally suggested something most people can get on board with. If only he’d tried this approach from Day One of his failed candidacy. Hell, if only Rhonda had tried this approach, he might have got himself moving on up out of Florida.

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