‘The battle is not over yet:’ Haley vows to stay in GOP race after Trump declares victory in New Hampshire primary
Manchester, New Hampshire (AFP) – Nikki Haleythe last major opponent of the Republican Party Donald TrumpShe insisted she would not withdraw after losing the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday to the former president, who was aiming for a landslide victory to make a November rematch with President Joe Biden more likely than ever.
Trump’s allies were already intensifying their pressure on the former ambassador to the United Nations to leave the race if she loses by a large margin. It has focused significant resources on New Hampshire, hoping to capitalize on the independent state line while looking for an upset or at least a massive loss that could undermine Trump’s continued dominance of Republican politics.
“I’m running against Donald Trump, and I’m not going to do an obituary,” Haley told reporters.
“Let her do what she wants,” Trump responded Tuesday, saying voters would hand him the nomination anyway. His aides have argued for days that Haley has no realistic path if she loses in New Hampshire.
AP VoteCastA comprehensive poll of state voters found that Republicans have slightly more doubts about Trump than Iowans reported.
About half of New Hampshire GOP voters said they are very or somewhat concerned that Trump is too extreme to win the general election. Only about a third said the same about Haley. Regarding Trump’s criminal charges, about a third of New Hampshire GOP respondents believe the former president did something illegal related to his alleged attempt to interfere with the vote count in the 2020 presidential election, and his role in what happened at the U.S. Capitol in 2020. January 6 2021, or the secret documents found in his home in Florida after he left the White House.
However, if Trump wins New Hampshire, he will be the first Republican presidential candidate to win open races in Iowa and New Hampshire since the states began leading the electoral calendar in 1976 — a sign of his continued hold on the party’s most loyal voters. A suggestion that he will continue his winning streak no matter how long Healy stays in the race.
If Trump wins on Tuesday, he will be the first Republican presidential candidate to win the open races in Iowa and New Hampshire since the two states began leading the electoral calendar in 1976 — a sign of his continued grip on the party’s most loyal voters and a suggestion that he will extend his winning streak regardless. About how long Haley has been in the race.
Trump won the New Hampshire Republican primary during his first run for president in 2016, despite losing some of his allies in key races during the midterm elections two years ago. Haley will have to contend with an opponent who is deeply connected to the GOP base and focused on winning New Hampshire decisively enough to end the competitive phase of the GOP nomination fight.
There was a Democratic primary in New Hampshire as well, but it was unsanctioned and did not provide any delegates to the winner. Biden was not on that ticket, choosing to wait for the upcoming state of South Carolina.
If Haley withdraws after Tuesday, that would effectively set the GOP primary at its second stop, long before the vast majority of Republican voters across the country are able to vote.
Trump won the Iowa caucuses by 30 points. Haley finished third in Iowa, behind Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who ended his campaign on Sunday. Next month’s South Carolina primary will be the next state in which both Trump and Haley will compete. Haley was twice elected governor of her state, but nearly all of South Carolina’s top elected Republicans support Trump.
Her campaign manager circulated a memo Tuesday to donors, supporters and the media, saying it was too early to discount her path forward — while also downgrading expectations for New Hampshire.
“The political class and the media want to crown Donald Trump,” Betsy Anke wrote in the memo, which was first reported by The New York Times. “They say the race is over. They want to raise their hands, after only 110,000 people voted in the Iowa caucus saying, ‘Well, I think it’s Trump.’ That’s not how this works.”
About 40% of registered voters in New Hampshire do not belong to any party. Republicans allow these electors to cast their primary ballots for the Republican Party. That opens up Haley’s potential coalition to more right-leaning voters who hate Trump and even Democratic-leaning voters who want to oppose Trump or vent their frustrations about Biden, who has declined to campaign in his party’s unsanctioned primaries here after championing a new calendar that places South Carolina. Firstly.
Lori Dufour was among the independents who chose Haley on Tuesday. She said she votes mostly Democratic and would “quickly” vote for Biden over Trump in the general election, though she said she wished Biden would consider stepping down because of his age.
“I didn’t want Trump, and she seemed very knowledgeable,” the 66-year-old said.
Meanwhile, Trump continued to look forward. He declined Tuesday to say whether he had spoken to DeSantis since his withdrawal, and did not comment on the possibility of asking DeSantis to be his running mate. He has said he is willing to smooth things over with rivals once they exit the campaign.
Scott Stebbins Sr., who attended Trump’s rally Monday night wearing a Make America Great Again baseball cap, called him “the greatest president we’ve had since Abraham Lincoln.” He said he believes the four criminal cases and 91 criminal charges facing Trump constitute a “witch hunt.”
The last polls in New Hampshire close at 8 p.m. EST. With temperatures above freezing in most parts of the most populous state, the weather was not as much of a deterrent for voters as it was in Iowa, which had the coldest caucus day on record with icy roads and temperatures below zero degrees Fahrenheit.
Democrats were also holding a primary Tuesday, but it was unlike any day in recent memory.
Biden defended the Democratic National Committee’s new rules that would begin the party’s 2024 primary process on February 3 in South Carolina, rather than in Iowa or New Hampshire. He said Black voters, the party’s most reliable constituency and an important part of its win in South Carolina that revived its 2020 primary campaign after three opening defeats, should have a bigger and earlier role in determining its nominee.
New Hampshire Democrats, citing state laws requiring their state to hold the nation’s first primary after the Iowa caucuses, defied the revamped system and went ahead with the primary as scheduled.
Biden did not campaign here and his name was not on the ballot, meaning Democrats in the state could vote for two of the president’s little-known main rivals, Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips and self-help author Marianne Williamson. However, many top New Hampshire Democrats supported a write-in campaign that they expected Biden to win easily.
Instead of focusing on New Hampshire, Biden joined Vice President Kamala Harris in northern Virginia for a rally to defend abortion rights, which Democrats see as a winning issue for them across the country in November.
There is a growing sense of inevitability that November will be Biden’s retaliation against Trump. Both men have been criticized by their opponents for their advanced age — Biden is 81, Trump is 77 — and each has portrayed the other as unfit for another term in the White House.
Public opinion polls indicate that most Americans oppose a rematch. A December poll by the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that 56% of American adults would be very or somewhat dissatisfied with Biden as the Democratic nominee — and 58% felt the same about Trump as the GOP nominee.
Trump lost New Hampshire in both of his general election campaigns. Biden finished a distant fifth in the 2020 Democratic primary before going on to win the nomination. In the November 2020 elections, Biden won 52.7% of the votes compared to 45.4% for Trump.
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