At a pivotal rally in New Hampshire on the eve of the state’s primary, former President Trump will be accompanied by three former primary opponents who have since become his supporters.
Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.), entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, and North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum (R) are confirmed to attend Trump’s Monday rally in Laconia, N.H., as per a Trump campaign official. This event marks Trump’s final rally in New Hampshire before the primary voting on Tuesday.
All three, Scott, Ramaswamy, and Burgum, initially competed against Trump in the Republican presidential primary but have recently halted their campaigns to endorse him. Burgum announced his support on the eve of the Iowa caucuses, Ramaswamy followed suit right after the caucuses, and Scott endorsed Trump on Friday, several months post-suspending his campaign without backing any candidate.
Speculation surrounds Scott as a potential vice-presidential pick for Trump, should he secure the nomination. Meanwhile, Trump has hinted at a possible role for Burgum in a future Trump administration. On Monday, Burgum declared he wouldn’t seek a third term as governor.
Nathan Brand, a spokesperson for Scott, informed The Hill that Scott would not only appear at Trump’s rally on Monday night but also spend Tuesday campaigning alongside Trump in New Hampshire and attend his victory party.
Their participation in Trump’s rally highlights the former president’s strong influence within the GOP, as more Republican lawmakers rally behind him. This includes several senators who have recently endorsed Trump, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R), who endorsed Trump on Sunday after suspending his own campaign.
Nikki Haley, the former U.N. Ambassador, remains Trump’s sole significant primary competitor. However, she is significantly trailing behind Trump in the polls in New Hampshire and other early primary states.