Nikki Haley sets sights on South Carolina after defeat in New Hampshire primary

By Emma Siebold, WEBN Reporter

As she walked across the stage at her New Hampshire headquarters in Concord, Nikki Haley set one thing straight — the race was far from over.

A Republican presidential contender, Haley lost to former President Donald Trump by 11 points in the nation’s first presidential primary election. The margin is far smaller compared to the Iowa caucus results after contenders Ron DeSantis and Vivek Ramaswamy dropped out of the race. 

“New Hampshire is first in the nation, not the last in the nation,” Haley said in her remarks to the crowd in Concord. “This race is far from over, and the next one is my sweet state of South Carolina.”

Haley served as the governor of South Carolina from 2011 to 2017 before she was the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under the Trump administration. 

“In South Carolina, Trump is going to have a harder time faultily attacking me,” Haley said. “Every time I’ve run for office in South Carolina, I’ve beaten the political establishment. But South Carolina voters don’t want a coronation — they want an election, and we’re going to give them one because we are just getting started.”

Haley said her Charleston-based campaign will begin immediately, and South Carolina Republicans will take to the polls on Feb. 24. 

Haley also revamped attacks against Trump, saying that he brings “one chaos after another.” She also called Trump and President Joe Biden out on their ages — they will be 78 and 81 on Election Day, respectively. Haley said she has “all the time she needs” to defeat Biden in the general election. 

“In the next two months, Joe Biden isn’t going to get any younger or any better,” Haley said. “In the next two months, millions of voters in over twenty states will have their say. Our fight is not over because we have a country to save.”