Tuesday’s primary in New Hampshire, where Nikki Haley is attempting to pull an upset, could be the last opportunity for his Republican rivals to avoid Donald Trump from easily winning the party’s nomination once more.
The former president and Haley are engaged in a fierce battle that has intensified eight days after the former made a record in the Iowa caucuses. Haley has placed her candidacy on a strong showing in the more conservative state of New Hampshire. The former governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, withdrew from the contest on Sunday, joining the growing list of Republican figures endorsing Trump.
Though he leads by double digits, Donald is seen to be more vulnerable in the state because roughly 40% of voters are independents and they are able to cast ballots in either party’s primary.
The Republican governor of New Hampshire, Chris Sununu, informed voters as he led Nikki across the state on election eve, “We always buck the pattern in New Hampshire.”
One of the few remaining opponents of Trump in the party, Sununu claimed that a strong showing of support in New Hampshire, the first primary after last week’s vote in Iowa through in-person caucuses, will propel her into next month’s contest in South Carolina.
He observed that Nikki might win the primary hands-down. As the sole contender left in the primary against Trump, he has more lately toned-down demands, stating that she has already exceeded them.
Republicans are forecasting historic voter turnout, coupled with favorable weather, which might help Haley, who is depending more on support from those who do not usually attend the party’s primary.
For Haley, the stakes could not be greater. From the suburbs to the seaside, she is touring the state to win over anti-Trump independents and receptive conservatives to her unlikely candidacy.
In contrast, Trump has been mostly absent until the past week. Since then, he has traveled throughout the state, stopping by boisterous evening rallies in between court appearances. After finishing second in the Iowa caucuses, Trump was driven to the Republican nomination in 2016 by New Hampshire. Trump wants to win this year in order to effectively put an end to Nikki’s candidacy.
Haley Avoided Trump
Throughout most of her almost year-long campaign, Haley avoided Trump in favor of making subtle comparisons with her demands for a “new generation” of Washington leaders and her suggestion to impose cognitive testing on more senior lawmakers.
However, she attacked him more forcefully in the closing days leading up to the New Hampshire primary, casting doubt on his mental stability and charging him with making out with autocrats and tyrants.
In response, Trump attacked her campaign and said it was dependent on liberals and “globalists” for support to win. He also made false statements and insulting remarks. He reignited the birtherism hoax, according to which she could not be president because her parents were not US citizens at the time of her birth, through a deplorable string of social media statements.
This is untrue; Nikki, the Indian immigrant’s daughter born in South Carolina, qualifies. Additionally, Trump made fun of her Indian heritage by calling her by her given name, Nimarata, and misspelling it. Nikki is Haley’s middle name, and she has always used it.
Even if Haley is unable to pull off an upset, she and her backers are adamant that she has a way forward. It would be sufficient to improve upon her Iowa third-place result. However, experts noted that it will be challenging to persuade voters and donors that she can succeed elsewhere if she is unable to win in New Hampshire, where the people are perceived as being significantly more receptive to her brand of Republicanism.
Nikki plans to hold a rally on Wednesday night in North Charleston, South Carolina. Alongside it, a $4 million investment in internet, radio, and television advertising will be made and distributed throughout South Carolina.
Tuesday is the Democratic primary; however, Joe Biden’s name will not be on the ballot. Democrats will have the option of voting for self-help author and novelist Marianne Williamson, who campaigned for president in 2020, or Democratic congressman from Minnesota Dean Phillips, albeit poor attendance is predicted. In the meantime, a few state supporters of the president have pushed Democrats to include Biden’s name on their ballots.