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Nikki Haley Still Won’t Concede Despite Super Tuesday Humiliation

Nikki Haley declined to drop out of the Republican race and refused to unite behind Donald Trump after he swept to victory in the Super Tuesday contest.

The former UN ambassador denied Mr Trump a clean sweep of the 15 states by winning Vermont, but was otherwise dominated by the former president on the biggest day of the primary calendar.

Mr Trump appealed for Republicans to unite behind him on Tuesday night, but Ms Haley disregarded the call and stressed the party’s “deep concern” with the frontrunner.

“We’re honoured to have received the support of millions of Americans across the country today, including in Vermont where Nikki became the first Republican woman to win two presidential primary contests,” Olivia Perez-Cubas, a spokesman for the Haley campaign, said.

“Unity is not achieved by simply claiming ‘we’re united’. Today, in state after state, there remains a large block of Republican primary voters who are expressing deep concerns about Donald Trump.”

Sources close to Ms Haley, whom Mr Trump appointed UN ambassador during his time in office, said she had no intention of dropping out immediately despite the string of shattering defeats.

Mr Trump had claimed in his Super Tuesday victory speech in his Mar-a-Lago resort that his success was “ultimately going to unify this country and unify this party”.

The frontrunner is so far projected to have won 12 of the Super Tuesday states, and expected to take the two others that have yet to declare.

More than 600 delegates, who are needed to secure the nomination, have declared for him – including 169 from California alone. He has not clinched the contest yet, but is widely expected to do so within a fortnight.

A spokesman for Mr Trump said that a delegate “avalanche” was sweeping him towards the Republican nomination.

Her former boss’ dominant display has ratcheted up pressure on Ms Haley to drop out of the race and allow Mr Trump to turn his fire on Joe Biden – who dominated the Democratic Super Tuesday primary, though he saw his first loss in American Samoa.

Ms Haley’s Vermont win, the most closely-fought contest of the night which was not called for hours, marks Ms Haley’s second victory in the primary contest.

Earlier this month, she claimed over 60 per cent of the vote in Washington DC, prompting the Trump campaign to brand her “queen of the swamp”.

In anticipation of a difficult night, the Haley campaign had decided against hosting an event for her supporters, as it has on previous results nights.

She chose to stay close to home, watching the results trickle in from the Charleston area of South Carolina. She lost her home state to Mr Trump last month.

One insider suggested Ms Haley would look carefully at the full results, particularly the margins in the key states she was targeting, before she addressed her supporters.

The source said it was extremely unlikely Ms Haley would want to make a big announcement from her home, or via an interview on TV.

As in South Carolina, Mr Trump refused to acknowledge Ms Haley in his victory speech, instead praising his own record in office while lambasting Mr Biden.

However, Chris LaCivita, one of his most senior advisers, said the campaign was confident that “there’s no path forward for Nikki Haley”.

Doug Burgum, the former North Dakota governor seen as a potential Trump running mate, urged the Republican party to “get united” and prepare for a general election.

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  • Michael says:

    Hey Nikki, when a RINO wins the nomination (e.g. McCain and Romney), we’re told to unite around the nominee despite massive opposition to the nominee in the party.

    Trump isn’t even facing massive opposition in his party. The poll numbers show you are incorrect.

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