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Nikki Haley is staying in towards the chances. It could damage her within the long-run.

Nikki Haley is staying in towards the chances. It could damage her within the long-run.


It’s changing into a well-recognized scene. Nikki Haley loses a major state to former President Donald Trump, seems on stage the evening of the loss, and, in a fist-pumping speech, vows she is going to combat on. 

However after a stumble in her residence state of South Carolina on Saturday — making her now and not using a win in early state primaries — marketing campaign analysts and voters say the longer she stays within the race, the extra she could also be working the danger of damaging her political future — and model. 

She’s more and more linked to Democrats. Her Republican assist is waning. And her assaults on Trump have drawn rebukes from GOP voters in a celebration that the previous president now owns.

Republican strategist Matthew Bartlett stated that to political observers, Haley’s finish recreation is more and more unclear.

“She needs to exit the best way she needs, which I suppose is in flames,” Bartlett stated. 

Haley’s attraction with moderates, independents and Democrats “has completely damned her in South Carolina,” he added. “It’s going to rattling her with Tremendous Tuesday states, and there’s no manner at a conference, Republicans will decide a Republican liked by Democrats as the choice.”  

South Carolina Republican Occasion Chair Drew McKissick stated he noticed solely diminishing returns for Haley if she misplaced to Trump in South Carolina by double digits as a result of she would put on the jacket for delaying the celebration’s common election efforts.

“I believe at this level, you bought to do a number of soul looking out, little question about it,” McKissick stated. “You attain a sure level the place in case you go too far, you start to do your self politically extra hurt than good.”

One South Carolina voter, Carol Cooper, stated she was a Haley fan when she was governor however her unfavorable campaigning towards Trump has turned her off.  

“I supported her then. However I don’t assist her now, as a result of she attacked President Donald Trump,” Cooper stated. “I don’t like the truth that she type of backstabbed Trump.”  

Because the combat drags on, Haley’s confronted with increasingly disagreeable theories, together with that she’s primarily drawing assist from Democrats who’re crossing over of their state’s primaries.

This week, she confronted questions on whether or not she would be part of a so-called unity ticket with Democratic major contender Rep. Dean Phillips, one thing she instructed Fox Information on Friday she’d decline. In an interview with NBC Information’ “Meet the Press” on Saturday, California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom hailed Haley as a powerful surrogate for the Democratic Occasion. 

“I don’t know why Democrats would need her out of the race,” Newsom stated. “She’s considered one of our higher surrogates. I imply, she’s defining the opposition to Trump credibly successfully.”

Rob Godfrey, a Republican strategist and former deputy chief of employees to Haley when she was South Carolina governor, stated the longer she prolongs the combat, the much less time Republicans have to show their consideration to the final election combat. Staying in, he stated, “doesn’t come with out the danger to doubtlessly tarnish her personal political model amongst individuals she could need to courtroom ought to she need to run sooner or later.”

On the similar time, he added that it could even be all forgotten by 2028. 

“Voters, activists and donors, to say nothing of reporters, have shorter consideration spans and recollections than ever,” he stated. “Even when there’s a measure of danger in alienating one or all of these teams by prolonging the competition, the influence long run would most likely be little to none.” 

On Saturday night, after the South Carolina outcomes had been in, Haley addressed her political prospects past the 2024 race.

“This has by no means been about me or my political future,” Haley stated. “We have to beat Joe Biden in November. I don’t imagine Donald Trump can beat Joe Biden. Almost daily, Trump drives individuals away.” 

Haley stated she was wide-eyed in regards to the outcomes on Saturday, through which Trump led her practically 60% to 40%. 

“I’m an accountant: I do know 40% is just not 50% however I additionally know 40% is just not some tiny group,” Haley stated. “There are big numbers in our Republican primaries who’re saying they need an alternate. I stated earlier this week that it doesn’t matter what occurred in South Carolina I might proceed to run for president. I’m a lady of my phrase.” 

However as she heads to Michigan on Sunday — as she’s stated she is going to do —she’s combating a steep decline in assist amongst Republican voters. On Saturday, within the state the place she as soon as served as governor, 72% Republicans supported Trump and 28% supported Haley, in keeping with an NBC Information exit ballot. Haley received independents 59%, and Trump claimed 40% of independents — however they made up simply 21% of the voters.

In November, 43% of GOP major voters held Haley in a constructive gentle, and 17% had a unfavorable opinion of her, in keeping with an NBC Information ballot. However in January’s nationwide NBC Information ballot, 34% of Republican major voters noticed Haley in a constructive gentle, versus 36% who had a unfavorable opinion of her. 

But, the money retains pouring in. The marketing campaign has 15 to twenty fundraising occasions scheduled “all around the nation,” within the subsequent month, stated Invoice Sturdy, a donor and member of Haley’s marketing campaign govt committee. Sturdy stated simply earlier within the week, Haley appeared nearly at a fundraiser in Florida and raised “a significant six figures.”

“I don’t perceive why there’s this rush by the media when there’s 90 p.c of the delegates in play,” Sturdy stated. He dismissed the concept that Haley risked damaging her model by staying within the race, saying the longer she’s in, the extra individuals get behind her.

“Trump is the one person who Biden can beat. The Democrats are scared to loss of life that she will win,” he stated.

Whereas campaigning for his father in South Carolina this week, Donald Trump Jr. charged that Haley was staying in just for her personal profit, in hopes of cashing in after she’s out of the race. 

“She’s attempting to harm Trump as a result of there can be advantages to her financially to do this. She is going to change into the CNN spokesperson, the conservative view on CNN, she’ll get a board seat at a few of these corporations because the lone Republican,” he charged. “That’s what she’s gunning for. It’s purely in regards to the future pay day and there’s actually no different excuse for it. And everyone knows that if we’re being intellectually sincere.”

However at a Georgetown rally on Thursday, Haley insisted it was the Republican Occasion’s future she had in thoughts. 

“I’m not doing this for me. First they wished to say that I wished to be vp. I believe I just about confirmed that isn’t what I’m attempting to do,” she stated. “Then they had been speaking about my political future. I don’t care a few political future. If I did, I might have been out by now.”

One voter, Michael Santos, a Democrat, stated he forged his poll for Haley and embraced her tenacity for staying within the race towards the chances.

“It’s pissing Donald Trump off,” he stated. “In order that’s type of like probably the most enjoyable factor.”



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