January 11, 2024 – 00:12
Chris Christie at a campaign event in New Hampshire in December – Photograph: Sophie Park/Getty Images via AFP
Republican Chris Christie announced Wednesday evening that he will end his presidential campaign and withdraw from the Republican primary CNN. Christie was the only candidate among Donald Trump's Republican rivals who dared to criticize the former president during televised debates and campaign events.
After the former New Jersey governor withdrew, only Trump, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, former South Carolina governor, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, and biotechnology entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy were competing for the Republican presidential nomination.
Christie decided to suspend his campaign five days before the start of the primaries, as he still received only about 3-4 percent in opinion polls. the Thirty-five eight According to his total, Trump leads by a large margin, with 61.3 percent support. DeSantis received 12.5 percent of voters, Healey 11.5 percent, and Ramaswamy 4.5 percent.
The Republican primaries begin next week with the Iowa primary on January 15 and continue on January 23 with the New Hampshire primary. You can read our analysis of the current state of the presidential campaign and the prospects for a possible new clash between Biden and Trump here.