However, just because Burgum held on longer than Pence does not mean his campaign is succeeding — or will be able to compete much longer. The Republican debate process is designed to winnow out candidates with low support. Unless some numbers rapidly increase, Burgum will lose his opportunity to reach a national audience alongside the five other candidates who have made the cut: Christie, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott. If Burgum were to drop out, the question becomes who his followers might then support. Larry Elder was another long-shot candidate before he threw in the towel last month. When Elder suspended his campaign, he endorsed former President Donald Trump, whose polling numbers were already dominating the other candidates in the race. Burgum could theoretically endorse another Republican and add his single digits of support to whichever candidate he held as the best alternative. The RealClearPolitics polling average Thursday showed Trump with 59.3 percent support followed by DeSantis at 13.4, Haley at 8.3 and Ramaswamy at 4.6. The rest of the field was below 3 percent. If Burgum and the other marginal candidates decided to coalesce around one of the leading Trump challengers, it could shake up the GOP primary race. However, that candidate still would face long odds, based on the current state of the race.
Doug Burgum has officially lasted longer than the former Vice President of the United States. What a time to be alive.https://t.co/NpV8COfr2a— Michael Knowles (@michaeljknowles) October 28, 2023
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.