Nikki Haley’s presidential run hit a bump in the road last night as former President Donald Trump declared victory in the New Hampshire primary. Despite the clear win for Trump, Haley continues to insist that “the race is far from over.” But is this just wishful thinking on her part, or is there a bigger plan at play?
Haley’s speech to her supporters was nothing short of surprising. Many were expecting her to concede defeat and bow out of the race gracefully. Instead, she congratulated Trump on his victory and then proceeded to claim that there were “dozens of states left to go.” It’s almost as if she’s living in a different reality.
“I want to congratulate Donald Trump on his victory tonight, he earned it. And I want to acknowledge that. Now you’ve all heard the chatter among the political class. They’re falling all over themselves saying this race is over. Well, I have news for all of them — New Hampshire is first in the nation, it is not the last. This race is far from over,” Haley said.
But what could be driving Haley’s refusal to accept defeat? Many are speculating that she is trying to position herself as a potential running mate for Trump. After all, her speech was laced with compliments towards the former president, calling him a “fighter” and “scrappy.” It seems like she’s doing everything she can to stay in his good graces.
Haley’s stubbornness could also be due to pressure from within the Republican party. As the first Indian-American woman to serve as a governor in the United States, Haley was seen as a rising star within the GOP. But her decision to challenge Trump has angered many party loyalists. There is immense pressure for her to drop out of the race and unite behind Trump. Failing to do so could result in her getting “kicked out” of the party, as one insider put it.
GOP Senator Josh Hawley posted on Twitter saying:
Trump is the clear winner. Time to stop fighting each other and unite to beat Biden
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) January 24, 2024
It’s also worth noting that Trump’s victory in New Hampshire was not unexpected. He had previously won the Iowa caucus with a landslide victory. And with the vast majority of Republican voters still firmly in Trump’s corner, it’s unclear how Haley plans to overcome this strong base of support.
Trump on Nikki Haley after New Hampshire victory:
“She’s doing a speech like she won. She didn’t win, she lost…if you remember Ron was very upset because she pretended she won Iowa. Didn’t she come in third?” pic.twitter.com/vrPGuSSiX6
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) January 24, 2024
But even with all the odds stacked against her, Haley remains determined to continue her run for the nomination.
“There are dozens of states left to go and the next one is my sweet state of South Carolina. At one point in this campaign, there were 14 of us running and we were at 2% in the polls. Well, I’m a fighter and I’m scrappy. And now we’re the last one standing next to Donald Trump,” Haley stated.
🚨RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel calls on Nikki Haley to drop out of the 2024 Presidential race after losing to Trump in New Hampshire:
“I don’t see it for Nikki Haley.” pic.twitter.com/1BzMs3ryrM
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) January 24, 2024