Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel has cast doubt on the viability of Nikki Haley’s presidential campaign, signaling a shift towards former President Donald Trump. Her comments came after the results of the GOP New Hampshire primary, which saw Trump emerge as the clear winner.
“Looking at the math and the path going forward, and I don’t see it for Nikki Haley,” McDaniel said. She acknowledged Haley’s efforts in running a “great campaign” but relayed a clear message from the voters. According to McDaniel, the Republican base is signaling a need to rally behind a single candidate to challenge President Joe Biden in the upcoming election.
The New Hampshire primary results have evidently played a significant role in shaping the party’s outlook. Trump emerged victorious with 53.6% of the vote, outpacing Nikki Haley, who garnered 44.9%. This triumph in New Hampshire followed Trump’s earlier win in the Iowa caucuses, marking a significant stride in the early stages of the primary contests.
“We need to make sure we beat Joe Biden,” said McDaniel. “It is 10 months away till the November election, and we can’t wait any longer to put our foot on the gas, to beat the worst president.”
At the last tally, Trump secured 11 delegates, while Haley claimed 6. Notably, Trump’s win in New Hampshire established him as the first non-incumbent Republican candidate in American history to clinch victories in both the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary within the same election cycle.
In contrast, the Democratic primary in New Hampshire did not take place due to a disagreement between the Democratic National Committee and state officials regarding the primary’s scheduling.
As the election season progresses, McDaniel’s call for unity is likely to resonate with voters in the lead-up to what is not anticipated to be a hotly-contested race for the GOP nod.
Despite this, after the voting Tuesday night, Haley seemed unfazed, saying, “the best is yet to come” to her audience.
“Now you’ve all heard the chatter among the political class. They’re falling all over themselves saying, this race is over,” Haley said. “It’s not,” she added. “Well, I have news for all of them. New Hampshire is first in the nation. It is not the last in the nation.”
“This race is far from over,” she continued. “There are dozens of states left to go, and the next one is my sweet state of South Carolina.”
The former Governor of South Carolina, who led the Palmetto State from 2011 to 2017 and later served as the Ambassador to the United Nations under President Trump, may still see potential in the race. However, her optimism contrasts with the views of former Republican candidate in the 2024 race, Vivek Ramaswamy.
Ramaswamy, who exited the race following the Iowa caucuses and endorsed Trump, expressed a starkly different opinion, declaring the race to be effectively “over.”
“I’m right here at the party, the after party right here,” Vivek Ramaswamy said in New Hampshire for an interview with Fox News’ Jesse Watters. “And look, I think this is a decisive win for Donald Trump. That’s what we’re seeing tonight.”
The results from the New Hampshire Primary also showed that 70% of Nikki Haley’s voters were not registered Republicans.