February 21, 2024

By Meg Kinnard, Related Press

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Regardless of dropping each Iowa and New Hampshire to Donald Trump, Nikki Haley is however making an attempt to border these losses as a victory and vowing to go off a “coronation” of Trump because the 2024 Republican nominee.

The trail by means of the subsequent states to vote, nonetheless, might not be any simpler.

“The political class wished us to imagine that this race was over earlier than it even started,” Haley posted Tuesday night time on X, after a speech through which she famous she was removed from able to cede any floor. “You proved them unsuitable, and I’m so grateful.”

Haley did carry out higher in Tuesday’s New Hampshire major than she had within the Iowa caucuses every week earlier, the place she completed third, nicely behind Trump and solely barely down from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has since shuttered his marketing campaign.

Republican presidential candidate, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is joined by New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu as they go to a polling location at Winnacunnet Excessive College to greet voters on January 23, 2024, in Hampton, New Hampshire. (Joe Raedle/Getty Photos) 

However Haley had been banking on a stalwart exhibiting in New Hampshire, a state the place her try to attraction to independents and extra moderate-leaning Republicans appeared to take root. Trump nonetheless received by double-digits on Tuesday night time, leaving some to wonder if she would maintain going.

Haley has affirmed that she is going to do exactly that, talking nearly to Republican voters within the U.S. Virgin Islands — which maintain their caucuses Feb. 8 — earlier than flying from New Hampshire to South Carolina, the place she has deliberate a night rally.

The Wednesday night time occasion serves two functions for Haley. It’s a welcome-home gathering for the South Carolina resident and an opener for her marketing campaign within the first-in-the-South GOP voting state, which has traditionally been influential in figuring out the occasion’s nominee. Since 1980, just one winner of South Carolina’s Republican balloting has misplaced the nomination.

Since his 2016 major win there helped cement Trump’s dominance in that yr’s race, South Carolina has stayed loyal to him. For the 2024 marketing campaign, he boasts endorsements from all however one of many state’s U.S. Home Republicans, in addition to the governor, lieutenant governor and each U.S. senators.

“Trump is in a commanding place in South Carolina,” a type of senators, Lindsey Graham, mentioned Wednesday on the U.S. Capitol, commending Haley’s effort however forecasting her loss of their dwelling state. “I believe for all sensible functions, the first is over.”

Forward of New Hampshire’s vote, the tremendous PAC supporting Haley’s candidacy was fast to level out that President Joe Biden, the Democrat she hopes to face within the basic election, hadn’t been profitable within the first a number of contests of his 2020 bid, however finally received the nomination. That comparability, nonetheless, doesn’t keep in mind the truth that Black voters propelled Biden’s final victory as soon as he reached the South, an element not anticipated to weigh closely within the GOP major.