Donald Trump lands 30 new South Carolina endorsements, including six who had backed Tim Scott

Former President Donald Trump continues to gather support for a second White House term as he runs for the nation’s highest office for the third time. 

Trump is touting his might in the early voting state of South Carolina with 30 new endorsements, including six state lawmakers who previously backed U.S. Sen. Tim Scott who represents the Palmetto State. 

The latest round of nods brings to 80 the number of current and former GOP officials endorsing the former President, more than any other GOP presidential candidate, according to Trump’s campaign. 

“South Carolina saw its best years under President Trump and the (Henry) McMaster-(Pamela) Evette Administration,” said South Carolina state Sen. Ronnie Cromer. “Tim Scott is a dear friend, and now that he is out of the race, I strongly urge South Carolina’s voters to join me in rallying behind President Trump.”

State Rep. Bruce Bannister is also shifting his support from Scott, who dropped out of the race, to Trump. 

“After supporting South Carolina’s own beloved Senator Tim Scott, I am excited today to wholeheartedly endorse President Trump as the best candidate to defeat Joe Biden in 2024,” Bannister said. “He is a proven leader who will turn around the economy, protect our border and make America energy independent once again.”

Other lawmakers shifting support from Scott to Trump include state Reps. Jeff Johnson, Weston Newton, Brandon Cox and Mark Smith. 

The new endorsements come on top of the more than 250 grassroots leaders who have already backed Trump.

Trump enjoys support from some of the state’s top GOP leaders, including Gov. McMaster and Lt. Gov. Evette, as well as U.S. Sen. Lindsay Graham, state Attorney General Alan Wilson, Treasurer Curtis Loftis, Secretary of State Mark Hammond, and more.

While Trump leads the Palmetto State in endorsements and polls — Trump has 49% support compared to less than 20% for former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, according to the most recent aggregate of polls in FiveThirtyEight — it was actually Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis who picked up more of Scott’s support after he dropped out of the race. 

DeSantis announced last week that he had landed 10 endorsements from Scott.

Haley, meanwhile, is struggling to round up support from current and former state lawmakers in her home state. As The State reported in July, Haley “ruffled feathers” during her time as a state lawmaker and as Governor. Her first seeming offense was in defeating a 30-year incumbent in a GOP Primary for state House, a victory that made her at least initially unpopular in the state capital. 

Later, as Governor, Haley vetoed millions in spending, including earmarks lawmakers had requested, according to The State. She also vetoed a $12,000 per year pay raise for lawmakers. 

Still, Haley hasn’t alienated everyone in her home state. Her nearly 20% support puts her far ahead of DeSantis, the once presumed alternative to Trump who only carries 12% support in South Carolina. 

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