Will Hurd Ends Republican Presidential bid and Endorses Nikki Haley – Former Texas congressman Will Hurd has abandoned his unlikely quest to secure the Republican nomination for the U.S. presidency. Instead, he has thrown his support behind Nikki Haley, the former governor of South Carolina. Hurd, known for his moderate stance within the GOP and his criticism of the party’s alignment with Donald Trump, has struggled to gain significant traction in his short-lived presidential campaign.
Trump continues to maintain a strong position as the leading contender for the Republican nomination in the 2024 election. “Unfortunately, it has become clear to me and my team that the time has come to suspend our campaign,” Hurd wrote in a statement. “While I appreciate all the time and energy our supporters have given, it is important to recognize the realities of the political landscape and the need to consolidate our party around one person to defeat both Donald Trump and Democratic incumbent Joe Biden.”
Hurd initiated his presidential campaign as recently as June, facing considerable challenges in gaining visibility in a race largely overshadowed by Trump, the previous president to Biden. Hurd has expressed his belief that the optimal choice for the Republican Party is now Nikki Haley, who formerly held the position of Trump’s top representative to the United Nations.
Hurd said Haley “has shown a willingness to articulate a different vision for the country than Donald Trump and has an unmatched grasp on the complexities of our foreign policy.” A former CIA officer and a three-term member of the House of Representatives until 2021, Hurd held the distinction of being the House’s sole Black Republican during his last two years in office. His congressional district, which covered the outskirts of El Paso and San Antonio, was a fiercely contested area.
Hurd stood as the lone Republican presidential candidate, with the exception of former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who openly criticized Trump. Hurd asserted that he was excluded from the initial Republican debate in August because he declined to pledge allegiance to the eventual nominee. The party cited Hurd’s failure to meet the necessary polling and donor thresholds as the reason for his exclusion from the debate stage.
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“If Donald Trump is leading in the polls, and he’s your opponent, then kissing his butt is not going to help you win,” Hurd said in August, adding that Trump has “legal baggage” and was a “proven loser.” Despite being impeached twice and having a background as a former reality TV host, Trump remains the top choice for the Republican nomination in the eyes of primary voters.
This support persists even in the face of 91 felony charges lodged against him, covering various alleged offenses such as his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results, compromising national security secrets, and falsifying business records connected to a hush-money payment to a porn star.