Nikki Haley Tries To Gather Support in New Hampshire

Nikki Haley Tries To Gather Support in New Hampshire

( – Donald Trump continues to dominate the polling average, tracking Republican candidates vying for the party’s presidential nomination for 2024. The former president currently leads his nearest rival, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), by 45.9 points, 58.5 to a paltry 13.3, as of November 3. Former South Carolina and Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, edged into third place in late September and is currently trying to build support in New Hampshire.

On November 3, Haley hosted a crowded town hall-style campaign event at a popular diner in North Londonderry. New Hampshire’s Republican Gov. Chris Sununu attended the morning event at Poor Boy’s Diner. So far, Haley is only the second GOP hopeful the governor has stumped for in the state since deciding not to run himself earlier this year.

Sununu attended the Florida governor’s “No B.S. Barbecue” at the New Hampshire home of former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown in July. However, media outlets reported that Sununu gave a broader show of support for Haley, citing her “awesome” performance in the first Republican debate and her prior roles as governor and UN ambassador. Sununu also credited her for ratcheting up the “whole country” about the race for the GOP’s nomination.

The Guardian recently reported on Haley’s campaign. The news outlet began by conceding the obvious — “[Haley] has a mountain to climb.” However, the article quickly pivoted to her prior history of success as an example of her ability to score upset victories.

For example, Haley won a seat in the South Carolina Statehouse after she defeated incumbent state Rep. Larry Koon in the 2004 Republican primary. Her victory stunned political watchers since Koon was the longest-serving legislator in the chamber at the time.

Haley’s success in the Statehouse paved the way for her ascension to the North Carolina governorship. She defeated state Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D-27th District) by a margin of 51% to 47%. She defeated Sheheen again in 2014, securing a second term by 14 percentage points.

It remains unclear whether Haley could catch up to Trump, although she recently claimed she could if the GOP field of candidates narrowed. Axios recently reported that even if DeSantis dropped out before Iowa, only 27% of his supporters said they would back Haley as their second choice. Conversely, 41% said they would support Trump’s campaign.

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