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Republican candidate Chris Christie has announced his withdrawal from the primary

Republican candidate Chris Christie has announced his withdrawal from the primary

Chris Christie throws in the towel. The only candidate to openly criticize Donald Trump in the Republican primaries announced Wednesday evening, January 10. « [suspendre sa] campaign for the presidency of the United States”, Just days before the Iowa caucuses, it opens the ball in a race heavily dominated by the former president.

“It was confirmed tonight that there was no way I was going to win the nomination.” The Republican candidate for the White House, Mr. Christie made the realistic announcement to his supporters from Windham, New Hampshire.

A former governor of New Jersey, the 61-year-old was once a supporter of Donald Trump but has since portrayed the billionaire as selfless and dishonest. “I'd be happy to leave someone who's actually running against Donald Trump.”he said on Wednesday.

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Donald Trump skipped Wednesday's debate

Chris Christie was so low in the polls that he did not meet the criteria set by the party to participate in the debate scheduled for Wednesday evening, during which the two Republican candidates will finally try to present themselves as the best alternative to the overwhelming favorite, Donald Trump. For the US presidential election.

Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis are playing a game of double or nothing during this last televised debate before Iowa voters head to the polls on Jan. 15. A good polling performance on Monday will be a boost in this small state where the stakes are high as they hope to catch Donald Trump and defy predictions.

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For his part, the former president once again chose to ignore the debate, believing that he had too much of a lead and that he had nothing to gain by exposing himself to harsh criticism.

Two other candidates are running in the Republican primaries but did not qualify for Wednesday's debate: former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and wealthy biotechnology entrepreneur Vivek Ramasamy.

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Le Monde with AP and AFP