Burgum appeared on stage with the former president at a rally in Indianola, where he praised Trump.
“I had the opportunity to have a front-row seat,” Burgum said. “I saw President Trump and what he was able to do. I saw him as a business leader and I saw him as a governor. I saw the difference that the President Trump can do.”
Support from Burgum, who did not build a substantial base during his own presidential campaign, is unlikely to make a difference in Monday’s caucuses, which polls indicate Trump is likely to dominate. But it reflects the sense of inevitability surrounding Trump’s candidacy as his remaining rivals try to build their movement against him.
When Burgum dropped out, he blamed his inability to resonate in the race on the Republican National Committee’s strict requirements to qualify for the debate phase. He qualified for the first two GOP debates thanks to a unique fundraising scheme, offering $20 gift cards in exchange for a $1 donation so he could increase his following. But he couldn’t keep up, as more donors were needed to set the stage for later debates.
He almost missed the first debate due to an Achilles tendon injury he suffered while playing basketball with aides the previous night.
Burgum financed his campaign largely with his own money. Before becoming governor, he was widely known as a businessman who led Great Plains Software, which Microsoft acquired for more than $1 billion in 2001. Burgum remained an executive at Microsoft until 2007. He led other real estate development and venture capital companies. capital.
He is in his second term as governor and is eligible to run for a third in 2024, although he has not indicated whether he plans to run again.
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