Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley has affirmed her commitment to stay in the Republican Party primary race despite losing to former President Donald Trump in New Hampshire, marking her second primary defeat.
With Trump securing the victory with less than 20% of the vote counted, enjoying an 8-9% lead over Haley, who heavily relied on independents, moderates, and secular voters in the state, the remaining primary schedule seems to favor the former president.
Addressing her supporters, Haley declared, “What a great night!” and expressed gratitude, stating, “God is so good.” While acknowledging Trump’s win in the primary, she pushed back against the perception that the race was over, particularly in response to what she called the “political class,” suggesting its conclusion.
Emphasizing that New Hampshire is the first in the nation, not the last, she asserted, “This race is far from over. There are dozens of states left to go. And the next one is my sweet state of South Carolina.”
Haley highlighted her concerns about the impact of a Trump nomination on the Republican Party, pointing out that with Trump, Republicans have faced losses in various competitive elections, including the Senate, the House, and the White House.
She argued that the Democrats eagerly anticipate running against Trump, perceiving him as the only Republican Joe Biden can defeat. Haley asserted, “A Trump nomination is a Biden win and a Kamala Harris presidency.”
Continuing her critique of Trump, she contended that there is a continual cycle of chaos, court cases, controversies, tweets, and senior moments with him. Haley argued that the Republican Party cannot address the chaos brought by President Joe Biden with its form of chaos.
She concluded by emphasizing the importance of winning elections to bring change, suggesting that a Trump nomination would hinder the party’s ability to rectify the situation.
Despite her loss in New Hampshire, Haley’s commitment to continue in the primary race underscores her determination to present an alternative vision for the Republican Party. As the primary calendar progresses, her campaign faces the challenge of navigating a landscape that appears to be more favorable to Trump.
The upcoming primary in South Carolina holds particular significance for Haley, presenting an opportunity to garner support in her home state and potentially reshape the trajectory of the race.