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Sen. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) formally endorsed former President Donald Trump in the 2024 election Monday, as the GOP frontrunner remains the only candidate with support in the upper chamber following the departure of Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) from the primary.
Marshall, 63, became the 13th US senator to throw his support behind Trump, issuing a lengthy statement that knocked President Biden for his “absent leadership” and called on Republicans to “unite” around the former president and “end the political primary charade.”
“Since the day Joe Biden stepped foot in the Oval Office, this White House declared war on American agriculture and American energy independence in pursuit of their Green New Deal agenda and electric vehicle mandates,” Marshall said.
“Joe Biden declared war on American sovereignty by opening our borders, ceding control to the cartels, allowing nearly 10 million illegal aliens into our country, and permitting lethal fentanyl to pour into our communities — killing 300 Americans a day,” he went on.
“Along with an onslaught of strangling regulations, Joe Biden declared war on our economy by unleashing a level of federal spending never seen in modern history, causing the highest inflation and interest rates that we’ve seen in decades,” Marshall added.
“In less than three years, Joe Biden has failed us on the world stage, allowing wars through weakness instead of peace through strength. Amid Joe Biden’s totally absent leadership, he has also completely abandoned our Christian values and undermined our constitutional rights.
“Farm country is struggling,” he also said. “Every day, the American dream is being pushed further out of reach. We need an America-first leader back in the White House who fights for families in the Heartland and the values we live by.”
Congressional Republicans have hammered Biden, 81, for overseeing a 40-year high in inflation numbers during his first year in office and signing several executive orders to undercut American energy independence, which some said emboldened Russian President Vladimir Putin to invade Ukraine.
Others have harshly criticized his handling of a migrant crisis at the southern border, which has seen millions of undocumented immigrants flood into the country and strain state and local welfare programs.
Trump, 77, has already racked up endorsements from 12 other Senate Republicans, including National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and close allies such as J.D. Vance of Ohio and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
He is also supported by almost 80 House Republicans — and on Sunday won the endorsement of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who praised the former president as a candidate who would “secure the border,” “restore law and order” and “restore world peace.”
Scott, 57, exited the Republican presidential primary on Nov. 12, saying he heard the message loud and clear from voters that now was not the time for him to move forward with his campaign.
He had received endorsements from Senate Minority Whip John Thune (R-SD) and Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) at the start of his presidential campaign in May but failed to gain traction in national polls.
Notably, Scott declined to endorse any of his primary competitors, including fellow South Carolinian Nikki Haley, the state’s former governor.
Trump leads the contest for the GOP’s presidential nomination with 58.9% support, according to the RealClearPolitics national polling average, followed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at 14.4% and Haley at 10.7%.
Entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy is polling at 4.7%, while former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie sits at 2.3% support, the survey aggregator shows.
Scott and former Vice President Mike Pence, who have both suspended their campaigns, never registered double digit support before departing the race.
North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson have yet to suspend their campaigns — despite both showing low polling numbers and having failed to qualify for the last Republican primary debate.
The fourth Republican presidential debate is scheduled for Dec. 6 in Tuscaloosa, Ala., but Trump campaign officials have already declared the frontrunner will not participate.