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Sen. Tim Scott plans to endorse Trump ahead of New Hampshire primary

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Then-Republican presidential candidate Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina arrives at an event in Las Vegas in October 2023. Scott is planning to endorse former President Donald Trump’s reelection bid.

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Then-Republican presidential candidate Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina arrives at an event in Las Vegas in October 2023. Scott is planning to endorse former President Donald Trump’s reelection bid.

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South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott plans to endorse former President Donald Trump in his bid for reelection, according to a source familiar with Scott’s plans, who spoke to NPR on the condition of anonymity because they aren’t cleared to discuss the plan.

Scott is set to make the announcement Friday evening at Trump’s rally in Concord, N.H.

The move comes just four days ahead of the New Hampshire primary, where Trump will face off against former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis after dominating at the Iowa caucuses on Monday.

Scott had been courted not only by Trump, but also Haley and DeSantis in recent weeks, according to the source.

Scott, who is 58 and the only Black Republican in the Senate, ran a short-lived campaign for the Republican presidential nomination last year. Though initial prospects of his candidacy attracted some buzz, he ultimately suspended his campaign in November.

Average polling out of the granite state has Haley inching closer to Trump. Despite that, Trump still maintains a more than 10-point lead.

Scott isn’t the only former presidential candidate who’s now supporting the former president. Tech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy threw his support behind Trump after a lackluster performance in Iowa.