Nikki Haley was Dixville Notch’s obsession. The six residents of the town, who were the first to cast ballots in the GOP primary in New Hampshire at midnight, all supported the former governor of South Carolina.
Not only was it the best news of the day for the lone surviving Republican opponent of former President Donald Trump. Despite losing the New Hampshire primary, Haley surprised observers and gained some traction ahead of the South Carolina and Nevada primaries. She demonstrated why she should have been competing.
Jokingly, Nikki had urged voters in New Hampshire to “correct” the results in Iowa, where she received 19.1% of the vote, where she finished third. In the state’s caucuses, Trump secured a commanding 51% of the vote, while DeSantis secured 21.2%. Even though New Hampshire was unable to achieve this, they awarded her a narrow victory behind Trump, enabling her to carry on with her campaign.
As in Iowa, Trump received more than 50% of the vote to win. With these two victories, Trump is now unquestionably leading the contest. His victory speech lacked the pleasant tone he had established in Iowa; instead, he made fun of Haley for appearing to be the victor, which she was not. He would have been better off attacking President Joe Biden than someone who has gained a sizable following among moderate Republicans, according to one analyst.
Haley has maintained that she has always been taken for granted. She praised Trump in her remarks following the Granite State polls closing, but she also restated her reasons for being the superior candidate.
New Hampshire is the first in the nation, but it’s not the end, she said to her fans. The election result served as a further reminder to voters that “We keep moving up,” and she swore that “We are just getting started.”
Haley Refutes All of Those Accusations
Haley’s appeal to independents and even some Democrats, along with her funding from “establishment” Republicans and those they mockingly refer to as “billionaire class” donors, were scorned by Trump’s fans. Haley refutes all of those accusations, asserting that she is the more likable contender.
The stakes in New Hampshire were very high for the former governor of South Carolina. Due to the Granite State’s open primary, which permits party members and “undeclared” voters to cast ballots in both the Republican and Democratic nomination races, Haley may be able to win over moderates in her own party as well as independents who were looking for an alternative to Trump.
Her numbers increased after Chris Christie withdrew from the race before the Iowa primary because supporters of the former governor of New Jersey largely jumped on the Haley bandwagon. Haley’s surge was, however, thwarted when Florida Governor Ron DeSantis withdrew following the Iowa caucuses. The Sunshine State Republican promptly embraced Trump, and the majority of his followers turned to the former president’s list.
Prior to Tuesday’s first-in-the-nation primary, Real Clear Politics polls had Trump leading Haley by a margin of 22 to 27 points; at midnight on Tuesday, that lead had grown to almost 11 points.
Following the Iowa caucuses, DeSantis withdrew from the race, and perhaps more importantly, voters began to embrace the prospect that the former president might actually win another four years in the White House. As a result, Trump’s advantage in the polls grew. In recent fictitious contests between President Biden and Donald Trump, the Republican opponent appears to be winning both nationally and in a number of significant swing states.
Trump’s seemingly unlikely comeback has gained traction overnight.
Republicans’ main concerns in Iowa and New Hampshire were immigration and the economy. For Trump, those are minor concerns. As resentment toward President Biden for permitting eight million individuals to enter the country illegally grows, immigration is swiftly becoming the biggest area of vulnerability for the current administration and the greatest opportunity for the former president to win.
An early voter study by Fox News revealed that roughly 77% of those attending the GOP primary were registered Republicans, 10% were Democrats who had altered their registration to take part in the open primary last autumn, and 13% were independents. Haley was disappointed if those figures held true because 40% of New Hampshire’s registered voters are independents, and she needed their support in significantly higher numbers for her candidacy to be threatened by Trump.