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Trump Beats Nikki Haley in Her Home State’s Primary — Haley Issues Statement

Former President Donald Trump beat former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley in her home state primary on Saturday, according to The Associated Press.

The AP projected Trump’s win at 7 p.m. Eastern. The former president has now sailed to victory in the 2024 primary season’s first five nominating contests, including the Nevada caucus, the U.S. Virgin Islands caucus, the New Hampshire primary and the Iowa caucus, while Haley has yet to notch a win.

Trump held a 23-point lead against Haley in the RealClearPolitics (RCP) average for South Carolina ahead of the primary, which awards 50 delegates.

South Carolina doesn’t register its voters by party affiliation, so Democratic voters were also allowed to participate in the Republican primary if they didn’t cast a ballot in their primary on Feb. 3. President Joe Biden won the Democratic primary in a landslide, receiving 96.2% of the vote.

Haley was handily elected twice as governor of South Carolina in 2010 and 2014 before she joined the Trump administration in 2017 as U.N. Ambassador. The former governor previously served three terms in the state legislature.

The former president racked up endorsements from nearly all of South Carolina’s top Republicans — Gov. Henry McMaster, Sen. Tim Scott, Sen. Lindsey Graham, Rep. Nancy Mace, Rep. Russell Fry, Rep. Jeff Duncan, Rep. Joe Wilson and Rep. William Timmons.

GOP Rep. Ralph Norman of South Carolina has supported Haley’s campaign since she announced in February 2023.

Haley came in third place in Iowa on Jan. 15 with 19.1% support behind Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who notched 21.2% compared to Trump’s 51%. The former president beat Haley 54.3% to 43.2% in New Hampshire the following week.

In Nevada, Haley opted to participate in the state-run primary, which didn’t count for delegates, and lost to the “None of These Candidates” option on Feb. 6 by roughly 33 points. The former president overwhelmingly secured the Nevada GOP-run caucus two days later, when he also beat Haley 74% to 26% in the U.S. Virgin Islands’ contest.

The next nominating contest is in Michigan on Tuesday, where the former president is currently leading by nearly 52 points in the RCP average.

NIKKI HALEY ISSUE STATEMENT:

Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley pledged to stay in the Republican race for president after she lost her home state’s primary on Saturday.

“I know 40% is not 50%, but I also know 40% is not some tiny group. There are huge numbers of voters in our Republican primary who are saying they want an alternative,” Haley told her supporters. “I said earlier this week that no matter what happens in South Carolina, I wouldn’t continue to run — I’m a woman of my word.”

“I’m not giving up this fight when a majority of Americans disapprove of both Donald Trump and Joe Biden,” Haley continued. “South Carolina has spoken, we’re the fourth state to do so. In the next 10 days, another 21 states and territories will speak. They have the right to a real choice. Not a Soviet-style election with only one candidate.”

READ 36 COMMENTS
  • MarLovesTrump says:

    What planet does this broad live on? WHAT, EXACTLY, needs to happen before this lying RINO POS comes to the realization that the MAJORITY of people WANT DONALD J. TRUMP BACK IN THE OVAL OFFICE? Yes, Nimarata(Nikki)Randhawa Haley, the people of South Carolina certainly has spoken.. and you were NOT THEIR CHOICE.. NOR ARE YOU THE CHOICE OF THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS! The Koch Foundation just announced they will no longer spend funds to support her presidential bid.. perhaps THAT will wake her up!

  • Common Sense in America! says:

    WHY is she running as a republican?????
    She clearly holds no conservative values.

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