Will Hurd Steps Back from 2024 GOP Race, Throws Support Behind Nikki Haley
Former Texas Congressman and GOP presidential contender, Will Hurd, has opted out of the 2024 Republican primaries, shifting his support to ex-U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley.
In a statement shared on X, previously known as Twitter, Hurd expressed gratitude to his backers and highlighted the need to unify the party to challenge both Donald Trump and incumbent President Biden. Emphasizing national security concerns, he voiced confidence in Haley’s capabilities: “Ambassador Haley possesses a unique vision for our nation distinct from Trump and exhibits a deep understanding of intricate foreign policy matters,” Hurd remarked.
In response, Haley took to X, acknowledging Hurd’s endorsement and emphasizing the need for party unity: “As the nation stands at a pivotal juncture, it’s crucial we unite to ensure President Biden serves only one term. Grateful for your backing, @WillHurd. Our nation awaits our efforts!”
The backdrop to Hurd’s exit is his inability to qualify for the initial GOP debates, combined with lagging poll numbers both nationally and locally. Hurd belonged to a niche group of GOP candidates vocally critical of Trump, along with ex-Governors Asa Hutchinson (Ark.) and Chris Christie (N.J.). Despite Christie’s relative success in New Hampshire, the overall sentiment suggests that the GOP base hasn’t warmed to anti-Trump narratives.
Moreover, Hurd’s move hints at a growing perception within Republican circles and among donors: the real contest might be shaping up between Haley and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, with both aiming to be the primary challenger to Trump, who continues to enjoy a significant lead in polls.