Indian-American Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley remains undeterred, asserting that the 2024 White House race is "far from over" despite her former boss Donald Trump's triumph in the New Hampshire primary. Trump's victory solidified his position as the likely GOP nominee, securing 53.6 percent support with 36 percent of the estimated vote counted, compared to Haley's 45.3 percent.
Addressing supporters in Concord shortly after Trump's projected win, Haley congratulated him, acknowledging that he "earned it." However, she emphasized that the competition is ongoing, stating, "There are dozens of states left to go. And the next one is my sweet state of South Carolina."
In South Carolina, where Trump maintains a significant lead of about 30 points ahead of the February 24 primary, calls from Trump's supporters for Haley to withdraw from the race have intensified. Despite this, Haley, endorsed by Republican Governor Chris Sununu and 2022 GOP Senate candidate Don Bolduc, remains resolute.
Taking aim at both Trump and President Biden, Haley criticized Trump for his chaotic approach, stating, "With Donald Trump, you have one bout of chaos after another. This court case, that controversy, this tweet, that senior moment... You can’t fix Joe Biden’s chaos with Republican chaos."
In response, Trump celebrated his victory with a speech in Nashua, subtly targeting Haley without explicitly naming her. "She's doing a speech like she won. She didn't win, she lost," Trump declared, underlining the intensifying competition within the Republican primary race.
(With Agency Inputs)