How DeSantis’s South Carolina gamble could help Trump in New Hampshire

Gov. Ron DeSantis’s (R-FL) choice to refocus his campaign operation on building support in South Carolina, effectively accepting a third-place finish in New Hampshire, could end up assisting former President Donald Trump as he looks to fend off former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s rise in the Granite State.

The DeSantis campaign, under pressure from a weaker-than-hoped-for showing in Iowa, made the pivot this week, opting to relocate the majority of its staff to South Carolina. The decision, made more than a month before its Feb. 24 primary, reflects a reality there for DeSantis, who is polling in the single digits against both Trump and Haley in New Hampshire.

“The DeSantis decision to focus on South Carolina is a public admission of New Hampshire being a de facto two-person race between Nikki Haley and Donald Trump,” said
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