From the outset of the GOP primary season, there has been a stance emphasizing that Donald Trump shouldn’t simply receive a coronation; voters ought to have a choice. The belief is that a two-person race between Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis would have fostered a more competitive environment. However, with numerous candidates running what is termed as audition campaigns, dividing the Trump-alternative vote, and coupled with perceived attempts by the Biden administration to pursue unsubstantiated criminal charges against Trump, the scenario rendered it almost impossible for anyone to compete with the pseudo-incumbent.
DeSantis recognized the challenges and exited the race. The argument now is that Nikki Haley should follow suit. However, her current stance doesn’t indicate such a move. She emphasizes the importance of voters having a say in the direction the GOP takes—whether continuing down the paths of Trump and Biden or embarking on a new conservative road. Her focus is on the upcoming New Hampshire primary, seen by some as a potentially challenging endeavor.
In a statement, Haley acknowledged Ron DeSantis as a good governor and expressed her commitment to a country not inclined towards coronations. She asserted that voters deserve a say in choosing between the paths of Trump and Biden or exploring a new conservative direction. This declaration sets her on a make-or-break course in New Hampshire, which some critique as a potentially unwise decision.
The decision by Governor DeSantis to suspend his campaign and endorse Donald Trump was preceded by a CNN/University of New Hampshire (UNH) poll indicating that DeSantis’s departure would likely benefit Trump in the state where he was already leading. Among likely GOP New Hampshire voters who initially supported DeSantis, a significant 62% named Trump as their second-choice candidate, while only 30% opted for Haley.
Despite gains Haley made on Trump in recent weeks, the CNN poll reveals that she is trailing the former president by 11 percentage points in New Hampshire. With Trump’s support at 50% and Haley’s at 39%, DeSantis polled significantly behind. The results suggest that DeSantis’s supporters in New Hampshire may contribute to boosting Trump’s standing in the state.
In Nikki Haley’s home state of South Carolina, Trump maintains an average lead of 30 points. While Trump’s victory in New Hampshire seems likely, the concern is raised that Haley might face significant challenges in her home state. As Ron DeSantis emphasized when suspending his campaign, Republican primary voters express a desire to give Donald Trump another shot. The call is for Haley to recognize this sentiment, with the understanding that the longer she stays in the race, the more challenging it becomes for the party to unite behind the ultimate candidate representing the GOP in November—Donald Trump. The assertion is that it is time for Republican voters to coalesce behind Trump, especially considering perceived efforts by the radical left to secure the 2024 election by any means possible.