Nikki Haley plans path to Republican nomination despite loss in New Hampshire

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By Sam Shipman, WEBN Correspondent

New Hampshire was not the upset victory Nikki Haley had hoped for, but the Former UN Ambassador and Governor of South Carolina plans on staying in the Republican race, focusing next on the upcoming primary in her home state.

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“New Hampshire is first in the nation. It is not the last in the nation. This race is far from over,” Haley told supporters at her election night headquarters in Concord, New Hampshire last night. “There are dozens of states left to go and the next one is my sweet state of South Carolina.”

However, it is unclear in which states Haley could beat the former president moving forward. She has opted out of the Nevada caucuses on February 8 and polls in South Carolina show Trump with an average 30-point lead. Additionally, Trump won South Carolina by more than 10 points in the presidential election just 4 years ago. 

South Carolinian political leadership has also snubbed Haley by throwing their support behind Trump in the past few weeks. Senator Tim Scott, whom Haley appointed in 2012, is the most recent figure to endorse Trump

“She actually appointed you, Tim,” Trump said during his remarks at his primary watch party celebration last night. “You must really hate her.”

Following the Granite State’s primaries, Haley has 17 delegates while Trump sits at 32. However, Haley remains determined. “Every time I’ve run for office in South Carolina, I’ve beaten the political establishment,” Haley reassured supporters on Tuesday night after releasing new ads highlighting her hometown roots. 

These ads, alongside Haley’s speech on Tuesday, continued to emphasize Haley’s anti-rematch platform. “With Donald Trump, Republicans have lost almost every competitive election,” said Haley last night. “The worst kept secret in politics is how badly the Democrats want to run against Donald Trump. They know Trump is the only Republican in the country who Joe Biden can defeat.”

While Haley continues to reference her victory over President Joe Biden in polls of hypothetical general election matchups, Haley will soon need a definitive victory against Trump in order to be the potential Republican nominee.

WEBN Political Pulse Producer Sofia Mendes contributed to this article