US Senator Tim Scott Officially Endorses Donald Trump, Reports Palmetto Politics

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The article discusses the political relationship between Nikki Haley and Tim Scott, who have historically been allies and have agreed on various issues. The piece notes that Scott did not mention Haley in his recent remarks and voiced support for Donald Trump, which has implications for the 2024 endorsements. The article suggests that Scott’s decision was more about his own political future than his past relationships.


Tim Scott’s 2024 GOP Race Exit Sparks Battle for Supporters

Tim Scott’s exit from the 2024 GOP race has set off a scramble for his supporters between former allies Nikki Haley and Donald Trump. Haley and Scott were once political partners, agreeing on a range of issues including the removal of the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds and protesting against the relocation of terror detainees from Guantanamo Bay.

During Haley’s tenure as governor, Scott was appointed by her to fill a U.S. Senate vacancy. He even asked his supporters to contribute to her re-election campaign. Both have led efforts to diversify the GOP and endorsed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio for president in 2016 over Trump.

Tim Scott’s post-exit remarks excluded any mention of Haley, yet the crowd was electrified. His speech followed Trump’s where he critiqued Haley’s abilities, stating she’s not tough, smart, or respected enough for the job.

With Tim Scott's exit from the '24 GOP race, the fight for his supporters begins

Contrary to prior hopes, Scott is set to meet with Trump in Florida before endorsing him in New Hampshire. Katon Dawson, ex-chair of the South Carolina Republican Party and supporter of Haley, predicts Scott’s choice will be more about his future political ambitions than past loyalties.

“The race is now between Nikki Haley or Donald Trump, and he has to decide whose side he wants to be on. Does he want Trump or Haley against him or for him?” Dawson posited. Following Scott’s decision, Dawson didn’t waver in his stance.


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