The New Hampshire primary to be held on Tuesday is now a two-person contest. At 2:37 on Sunday afternoon, In a video from Florida, posted to X, former Governor Ron DeSantis suspended his presidential campaign. Two days ahead of primary voting in New Hampshire, where polling suggests he would finish a distant third, DeSantis said, "If there was anything I could do to produce a favorable outcome, more campaign stops, more interviews, I would do it. But I can't ask our supporters to volunteer their time and donate their resources if we don't have a clear path to victory. Accordingly, I am today suspending my campaign."

Here's a snapshot of where the battle to lead the Republican Party stands. 

DELEGATE COUNT AFTER IOWA: 

  1. Trump: 20
  2. DeSantis: 9
  3. Haley: 8
  4. Ramaswamy: 3

DELEGATES NEEDED TO WIN: 1,215 

DELEGATES REMAINING: 2,389  

ONE NEW POLL: According to a new poll, with just two days to campaign before the critical New Hampshire presidential primary, former President Donald Trump continues to hold a commanding lead over former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley as former Florida governor Ron DeSantis' campaign slips to a distant third place. According to a University of New Hampshire/CNN poll released Sunday morning, Donald Trump dominates the polling with 50% of Granite state voters saying they'll back the former President. Haley, who served as ambassador to the United Nations during the Trump administration, stands at 39% support. And DeSantis, once the clear runner-up to Trump in most polling, slides dangerously close to "also ran" status at 6%.

TWO NEW ENDORSEMENTS: On Sunday, the Boston Globe offered Nikki Haley a tepid endorsement that reads more like an indictment of former President Trump than a vote of confidence in Haley. In fact, the Globe's editorial board calls out Trump by name 8 times in their endorsement before they get around to mentioning Haley's name.

The Globe opined, "Haley’s not this editorial board’s cup of tea. But she is a mainstream, traditional conservative who would not put the country through constant scandals or take a torch to basic principles of democratic government like accepting election results."

The Globe is appealing to independent voters who are allowed to vote in either of the major party's primaries, to choose a republican ballot and use it to vote against Trump by backing Haley.

In a second key newspaper endorsement for Haley on Sunday, the New Hampshire Union leader is far more enthusiastic about Haley's candidacy with the editorial board writing, "Of course, we can’t talk about Nikki Haley without addressing the elephant in the room and the rather old donkey hiding in the White House. Nikki Haley is an opportunity to vote for a candidate rather than against those two. A candidate who can run circles around the dinosaurs from the last two administrations, backwards and in heels." 

The Union Leader also appealed to New Hampshire's independent voters to use the republican ballot to tip the primary for Haley.

ONE NEW CAMPAIGN AD: Nikki Haley for President will launch an unprecedented three-minute TV ad featuring Cindy Warmbier, mother of Otto Warmbier — who was murdered at the hands of the North Korean government in 2017. The ad doesn't mention Trump, but Haley's campaign said as president he "publicly absolved" Kim Jong-un for Warmbier's death. The ad will air Monday across New Hampshire, the Haley campaign said.

ONE KEY QUOTE: 

"The dinosaurs from the last two administrations have indeed had their shot and Nikki Haley is the fireball from the heavens to wipe them out." Quote from the New Hampshire Union Leader's endorsement of Nikki Haley—  

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