As the 2020 Presidential election gears up, the Republican 2020 field of candidates is becoming increasingly more crowded with the departure of former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford from the race. After months of waiting and anticipation, the state of South Carolina has now officially seen the exit of its candidate, leaving the remaining candidates scrambling for the support and loyalty of the voters.
Now that Sanford is out, the competition is becoming even more intense for the other candidates who are vying for the votes. Candidates are now seeking to gain support through unconventional means, such as text messages, phone calls, and even social media chats. Despite stepped up efforts, the current President Donald Trump is still the front runner and is the leader in garnering the majority of the Republican support.
While Sanford’s exit has thinned the field of contenders, there is still a wide variety of Republican candidates that have entered or plan to enter the race for the presidential nomination. Heavyweights such as former Vice President Joe Biden, mayors Pete Buttigieg and Mike Bloomberg, and former Maryland Congressman John Delaney are still on the roster and will likely lead the pack. However, Sanford’s withdrawal is also likely to garner more attention for lesser-known candidates, such as former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld and former US Representative Joe Walsh.
The withdrawal of Sanford may mean bad news for President Trump. While the President certainly enjoys a great deal of support from Republican-leaning areas, Sanford’s entrance had the potential to weaken Trump’s lead and open the door for one of his rivals. Therefore, the current Presidential hopefuls are now doing all they can to lure in support from current and potential Sanford voters.
The 2020 race seems to be ever-evolving, and the Republican contenders are now entering a critical moment in their campaigns. As the remaining contenders put their calls and messages out to the public in an effort to gain support, the South Carolina voters will take their time in deciding who will earn their loyalty for the 2020 race.