The GOP elites have been coalescing around Nikki Haley.
They tried to elevate her above Ron DeSantis and paint her as the only viable alternative to Donald Trump.
But New Hampshire’s Republican Governor just described Ron DeSantis by one word that left Nikki Haley in tears.
Ron DeSantis has focused most of his early-state strategy on campaigning in Iowa, where he is on pace to visit all 99 counties in the Hawkeye State before the January 15 Caucus.
But Iowa is not the only important early state in the GOP nominating contest.
New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada also play a critical role.
On Tuesday, DeSantis made a trip to New Hampshire where he campaigned alongside popular Republican Governor Chris Sununu.
Sununu attended an outdoor town hall event hosted by DeSantis’ Super PAC, Never Back Down.
The New Hampshire Governor introduced DeSantis to the crowd as a “winner” who could end the GOP losing streak.
“I am tired of losing,” Sununu said. “You want to win in November?” he asked the crowd, before adding “then let’s get behind a winner.”
DeSantis touted his record in Florida and reminded New Hampshire voters of his impressive victory over Charlie Crist last November, where he won “re-election by 20 points, a 1.5 million vote margin” and turned the Sunshine State solid red.
He acknowledged spending more time in Iowa than he has in New Hampshire, but promised Granite State voters that would be changing and “you are going to see a lot of us.”
However, Sununu’s kind words have not yet been translated into an official endorsement for DeSantis.
“I think the Governor has already stated that he would likely endorse someone other than President Trump,” New Hampshire GOP Chair Chris Ager told USA TODAY. “This is no surprise to me that he would be with Governor DeSantis while he’s in the state.”
How Sununu’s endorsement would impact the rest is currently up for debate.
But he is popular in the Granite State.
In an August survey, 63% of New Hampshire residents approved of Sununu’s performance as Governor.
The only candidate Sununu will not be endorsing is Donald Trump.
And only time will tell whether Sununu endorses DeSantis or goes with another candidate like Tim Scott or Nikki Haley.
DeSantis Daily will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.