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Nikki Haley leaves Trump as likely republican nominee

Key Takeaways:

  • Haley’s exit leaves Donald Trump as the likely Republican nominee for the 2024 presidential election, setting up a potential rematch with President Joe Biden.
  • Despite strong debate performances and support from anti-Trump donors, Haley struggled to gain traction in a Republican primary electorate that remains loyal to the former president.

Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley announced on Wednesday that she is suspending her 2024 presidential campaign, acknowledging that she was unable to overcome former President Donald Trump’s position in the race for the Republican nomination.

Haley, who also served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under Trump, entered the race in February as the first major Republican challenger to the former president. Throughout her campaign, she portrayed herself as a new generation of conservative leadership, touting her experience as a two-term governor and her foreign policy credentials.

However, Haley struggled to gain traction in a Republican primary electorate that remains loyal to Trump. Despite turning strong performances in the GOP debates and drawing support from wealthy anti-Trump donors, Haley consistently polled in the low single digits. Trump’s enduring popularity with the Republican base and the entry of other challengers like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis overshadowed her campaign.

Haley Acknowledges Her Challenges

In her concession speech in Charleston on Wednesday, Haley acknowledged the difficulty of taking on Trump head-on. “I have no regrets,” she said. “It is now up to Donald Trump to earn the votes of those in our party and beyond it who did not support him. And I hope he does that.”

Haley’s exit comes one day after a disappointing showing in the Super Tuesday primaries, where she failed to reach the 15% threshold needed to win delegates in most states. Trump dominated the contests, racking up wins from Alabama to Massachusetts and further cementing his front-runner status.

The end of Haley’s campaign ensures that the 2024 general election is shaping up to be a rematch between Trump, 77, and President Joe Biden, 81. It would be the first back-to-back contest between the same two candidates since Dwight Eisenhower and Adlai Stevenson in 1952 and 1956.

Key swing states like Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin are once again expected to decide the outcome.

The possible outcome

Throughout the race, Haley tried to walk a fine line between distancing herself from Trump’s excesses and controversial statements while not fully denying them. She criticized Trump’s conduct around the January 6th Capitol riot but said she would pardon him if he was convicted in any of the numerous criminal investigations he faces.

Only near the end did Haley sharpen her attacks on Trump, questioning his mental fitness, calling him a liar, and disapproving of him for ducking the primary debates. But by then it was too late to change the trajectory of the race.

Still, Haley’s stronger appeal among moderate Republicans and independents demonstrates Trump’s potential vulnerabilities in a general election. Her foreign policy experience also allowed her to draw contrasts with Trump on issues like supporting Ukraine.

With Haley’s exit, the Republican field narrows but is not yet settled. Candidates like DeSantis and former Vice President Mike Pence still hope to mount viable challenges to Trump in the coming months. But as the primary season heats up, time is running short for anyone to knock the former president off his perch atop the GOP.

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