The lone holdout in the House Republicans’ leadership has jumped aboard the Trump train, assuring the former president and Republican presidential frontrunner will begin the primary election season with a unified front.
House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-MN) announced his endorsement of former President Donald Trump on Tuesday, giving him a critical boost in the days leading up to the Iowa caucus. Rep. Emmer’s support builds on previous endorsements by Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) and House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA).
“Democrats have made clear they will use every tool in their arsenal to try and keep Joe Biden and his failed policies in power. We cannot let them. It’s time for Republicans to unite behind our party’s clear frontrunner, which is why I am proud to endorse Donald J. Trump for President,” Emmer wrote on X.
— Tom Emmer (@tomemmer) January 3, 2024
The list of other Republicans in the House supporting President Trump has grown to 90, and his support from 18 U.S. senators remains steady, both far ahead of his endorsements secured by his nearest rival. Most notably, Ron DeSantis lost the endorsements of nearly all Republican congressmen as well as Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) while his counterpart Marco Rubio (R-FL) remains undecided. In Michigan, where Trump leads President Joe Biden by eight points in the latest poll, the former president has secured a full sweep of the state’s six GOP congressmen.
National polls put President Trump ahead of Biden in nearly all of the nation’s swing states, further projecting his inevitably to become the GOP’s nominee by the fall. His lead has grown so much so that Fox News announced Tuesday he will join the network for a televised town hall set to run at the same time when his also-ran rivals will be participating in a CNN televised debate.
Anti-Trump elements of the Republican Party have yet to coalesce behind a single alternative. New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, who recently endorsed Nikki Haley, implored Chris Christie to drop out amid his stagnant polling, indicating the former New Jersey governor is only threatening Haley’s ability to best President Trump in the Granite State’s Republican primary. Even if Haley, who draws 25% of support in New Hampshire, were able to collect all of Christie’s 11% support, she would still fall far short of the 44% enjoyed by Trump.