Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Nikki Haley is playing her last chance to stop Donald Trump in New Hampshire

After months of campaigning in free fall, Florida’s governor, Ron DeSantis is leaving the race for the presidential nomination on Sunday Republican, which has paved the way for former US President Donald Trump, who seems to be an unbeatable opponent.

Ron DeSantis surrendered to Trump and left the Republican primary

Ron DeSantis surrendered to Trump and left the Republican primary

With the withdrawal of DeSantis, The only one left to face Trump in the internal race is former UN ambassador Nikki Haley, whose litmus test, and perhaps the last time, will be next Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary.

DeSantis’ failure

DeSantis, governor of the so-called ‘sunshine state’ since 2019 and a member of the ultra-conservative wing of the Republicans, launched his presidential campaign in May of last year when The polls put him as the only one capable of defeating Trump in the primaries.

However, after a wrong campaign and with many difficulties to distinguish himself from the radicalism of the New York magnate, his possibilities are fading with the forced marches so far he has decided to throw in the towel.

In the first round of primaries, the Iowa caucuses on January 15, Trump won 51% of the vote and DeSantis had to settle for second place (21%), ahead of Haley (19%).

In addition, lThe predictions for the next duel in New Hampshire are very grimwith DeSantis far behind in last place, so the candidate stopped campaigning in the state.

“We don’t have a clear path to victory. That’s why now I’m suspending my campaign,” explained the governor from Florida, who admitted that most Republicans want to “give Donald Trump a second chance.”

The “culture war” that DeSantis speaks in Florida against ‘woke’ ideology (progressivism) nor his opposition to closing businesses during the covid-19 pandemic or his anti-immigration speech, because Trump remains the ‘de facto’ leader of the party.

In recent days, the governor criticized the personal leadership of Trump, whose ring must be “kissed” to receive his favors.

Now, De Santis has given him his public support in the primaries. In this he wants to prevent the “old Republican guard” from taking over the party again, which, in his opinion, represents Haley’s moderate candidacy.

Trump vs. Haley, the definitive duel

At a rally in Rochester (New Hampshire) hours after DeSantis’ departure was announced, Trump thanked the governor for dropping out of the race and said he hopes to work with him.

“I hope I can work with Ron to defeat the corrupt Joe Biden; We have to recover our country,” said the former president and also recalled that he will stop using the nickname “DeSanctimonious” (prude), which until now he used to mock DeSantis.

He also said of the Florida governor that “he is a wonderful person and has led a very good campaign.”

Nikki Haley, for her part, wished him “the best” and emerged as Trump’s only opponent that remained standing: “There’s only one man and one woman left,” he declared from New Hampshire.

DeSantis, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, former governor Asa Hutchinson and Chris Christie have fallen by the wayside; and former Vice President Mike Pence, among others.

Unlike DeSantis, Haley threw herself into the campaign in New Hampshire, hoping that her moderate profile and the support she received from the state’s governor, Chris Sununu, would allow her to stand up to Trump.

It’s not easy at all. A poll published Sunday by CNN before the governor’s withdrawal gave 50% of the vote to Trump, 39% to Haley and 6% to DeSantis.

Moreover, according to analysts, DeSantis voters have Trump as a second choiceso the president’s withdrawal from Florida predicted better results than expected for the former president.

Expecting the battle in New Hampshire to be a duel between the two, the crossfire between Trump and Haley has intensified in recent days.

The former ambassador questioned whether the former president is “mentally fit” to return to power, after Trump repeatedly confused Nikki Haley with former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at a rally.

Trump, for his part, mocked Haley’s Indian roots and nominated her as his vice president should he return to the White House.

The presidential election will be held on November 5, when the Republican candidate will face the current president, Joe Biden, who is seeking re-election for a second term.

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