The Republican National Committee’s draft resolution would make Trump the presumptive Republican Party nominee


Republican presidential candidate and former US President Donald Trump gestures while speaking during a rally in Laconia, New Hampshire, January 22, 2024.

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A draft resolution making its way through the Republican National Committee would declare Donald Trump the GOP’s presumptive 2024 presidential nominee — even as his rival, former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, is still vying for the nomination.

The two-page draft indicates that Trump easily won the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, and that he is leading in the polls in upcoming primary states, including Haley’s home state of South Carolina.

He argues that “any money spent from this point forward in the primary process would be better spent fighting Democrats by focusing on President Biden’s deadly border crisis, failed economic policies, and disastrous and dangerous foreign policy.”

The document could be introduced next week at the commission’s winter meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to NBC News, which obtained a copy of the draft resolution from an RNC member.

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While the Republican National Committee still requires a candidate to win a majority of a state’s delegates in order to win the nomination, the decision underscores the GOP’s growing commitment to crowning Trump, not Healey, its champion against President Joe Biden in 2024.

MissionDavid Bossie, a Republican National Committee committee member and Trump’s deputy campaign manager in 2016, proposed the resolution, she said, which first reported on the decision. Bossie and the RNC did not immediately respond to CNBC’s requests for comment.

“Who cares what the Republican National Committee says? We will let millions of Republican voters across the country decide who should be our party’s nominee, not a group of Washington insiders,” a Haley spokeswoman said in a statement to NBC. Ronna McDaniel might as well be organizing a debate in South Carolina, unless she’s also worried that Trump can’t handle being on stage for 90 minutes with Nikki Haley.

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