When did he declare? Vivek Ramaswamy, a biotech entrepreneur and venture capitalist, was the third major candidate to enter the race for the Republican nomination in February.

Where is he polling? He is currently polling fourth behind Mr Trump, Mr DeSantis and Ms Haley in the race at 5.7 per cent.

Mr Ramaswamy, 38, saw a boost in popularity following the first Republican primary debate despite being branded an “amateur” and a “rookie” by other candidates.

What are his flagship policies? Launching his bid Mr Ramaswamy said he wanted to create “not only a political campaign but a cultural movement” that would provide a conservative response to America’s culture wars.

Summarising his views during the debate he said: “God is real. There are two genders. Fossil fuels are a requirement for human prosperity. Reverse racism is racism. An open border is not a border. Parents determine the education of their children. The nuclear family is the greatest form of governance known to man. Capitalism lifts us up from poverty.”

Mr Ramaswamy acknowledged his campaign was a long-shot in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, but said idea-driven outsiders could invigorate the country’s political discourse and “create a new American Dream”.

He is a self-made multi-millionaire and author of the book Woke Inc. – which claimed the “woke-industrial complex” was the “defining scam of our century”.

He has previously featured on Forbes’ list of richest entrepreneurs under 40, with a reported net worth of $500 million (£392m).

What about Trump? Mr Ramaswamy is Mr Trump’s strongest defender among the candidates, insisting he will pardon Mr Trump over the dozens of charges he faces.

He told CNN: “The standard I use as our next president is what moves our country forward. 

“What is the right thing for the United States of America? Absolutely the right answer is to move on and I would pardon him.”

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