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Former UN Ambassador and GOP presidential candidate Nikki Haley announced on Wednesday that she will vote for former President Trump in the upcoming November election, a significant development in the 2024 race. For conservatives, Haley’s endorsement is a crucial boost for Trump, who has faced challenges in securing support from her voter base in recent GOP primaries.

Haley’s endorsement is particularly impactful as she maintained about 20% support in GOP primary contests, signaling a substantial voter bloc. Her strong performance in key suburban counties in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Georgia underscores her influence in areas critical to the election outcome. Trump’s campaign has struggled to make inroads with these voters, and Haley’s backing could help bridge that gap.

During a conversation at the Hudson Institute, Haley acknowledged that while Trump has not been “perfect” on several policies, President Biden has been a “catastrophe.” She stated, “I will be voting for Trump. Having said that, I stand by what I said in my suspension speech.” Haley emphasized the importance of Trump reaching out to her supporters, suggesting that their backing is crucial for a successful campaign.

Haley’s public remarks at the Hudson Institute marked her first since suspending her presidential campaign in March. Despite the sharp criticisms exchanged between Haley and Trump during their campaigns, she underscored the necessity for Trump to earn the votes of those within the party and beyond who did not initially support him. This sentiment mirrors her suspension speech, highlighting her consistent stance on party unity and voter outreach.

The pressure for Haley to endorse a candidate had been mounting, given her strong appeal among moderate Republicans and Republican-leaning independents. The Biden campaign has actively tried to court Haley’s voters, running digital ads in eight swing states. However, Haley’s endorsement of Trump could sway these crucial voters back to the GOP, bolstering his chances in the general election.

In response to Haley’s endorsement, Biden-Harris communications director Michael Tyler remarked, “Nothing has changed for the millions of Republican voters who continue to cast their ballots against Donald Trump in the primaries and care deeply about the future of our democracy, standing strong with our allies against foreign adversaries, and working across the aisle to get things done for the American people.” Despite this, Haley’s support for Trump represents a significant shift in the dynamics of the 2024 race, potentially consolidating GOP efforts against the Biden administration.