Election season is almost in full swing. With that comes all sorts of surprises.
And a Republican presidential candidate is rocked after being backstabbed by a key ally.
Businessman and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy is in the mix for the Republican nomination for president in 2024.
While he gained some momentum after the first debate, Ramaswamy hasn’t been able to cut into Donald Trump’s lead in the primary polls.
As it now stands, Ramaswamy is at 5.0% and sits in fourth place among other Republican candidates, according to FiveThirtyEight polling.
There has been rumors that if Vivek Ramaswamy isn’t able to secure the Republican nomination, he will join forces with Trump as his running mate.
And now it looks like one of his campaign officials had a similar idea and has left the Ramaswamy campaign for Donald Trump’s.
The Ramaswamy campaign announced to the Washington Examiner that Brian Swensen, a campaign director, will indeed begin working for Trump and his campaign.
🚨Report: Vivek Ramaswamy National Political Director Brian Swensen is officially joining the 2024 Trump campaign. pic.twitter.com/10fm4fNYk6
— The Calvin Coolidge Project (@TheCalvinCooli1) November 29, 2023
Swensen will reportedly continue to have a good relationship with Ramaswamy and his campaign, as this announcement was rather expected.
The campaign director was originally brought on board as a national political director but was given a smaller role when Mike Biundo, a Republican strategist, was hired.
Swensen’s departure also shows how Ramaswamy and Trump have very similar viewpoints.
In debates and other public appearances Ramaswamy has not come out with attacks against former President Trump like other Republican candidates such as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, or former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
But as mentioned earlier, this strategy hasn’t done much to boost him in the polls, as he’s in fourth place and behind candidates like Haley and DeSantis.
And as primaries begin early next year, it’s vital that Ramaswamy is able to grasp some sort of momentum that will possibly earn him a win in states like New Hampshire or South Carolina.
Brian Swensen was based out of the Granite State, so the loss of his local insight from the campaign could hurt the young Republican when the state holds it’s primary in January.
RealClearPolitics averages have Ramaswamy at 7% in New Hampshire primary polling.
That’s good for fifth place behind Donald Trump, Nikki Haley, Chris Christie, and Ron DeSantis.
The absence of Swensen may not hurt Vivek Ramswamy’s campaign immediately, but it just might lead to some pivotal struggles come primary season.
Stay tuned to The Federalist Wire.