Donald Trump not only wants to win New Hampshire, he wants to defeat Nikki Haley by a wide margin as his only opponent for the Republican presidential nomination. leave before the next match competition in South Carolina, in a month.
The former president easily defeated the former South Carolina governor on Tuesday, but his carefully crafted strategy to remove Haley from the race failed, denying Trump a chance, for now, to focus all your attention on President Joe Biden, and the general election in November.
Trump, 77, was furious after Haley, 52, he promised in a speech to continue the competition just two days after another serious Republican contender, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, ended his campaign.
“Who the hell was the impostor who came on stage earlier and claimed a victory?” Trump asked many supporters in New Hampshire, adding: “I can’t be angry, I can take revenge“.
While campaigning in snowy New Hampshire last week, Trump I haven’t forgotten South Carolina, where the next major primaries will be held on February 24.
Trump’s campaign spent weeks planning a show of targeted support to remove Haley from the race before the fight in South Carolina, said Jason Miller, a senior Trump campaign adviser.
Senator Tim Scott abandoned Haley and went with Trump
On Friday, Trump won the support of his former opponent, US Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, who campaigned with him. with the governor of the state, Henry McMaster and other state officials.
At a Trump rally on Monday, Scott said to Reuters he is undecided between supporting his old rival or staying out in the career. Phone calls from Trump on January 14 and 15 convinced him.
“Staying on the sidelines is not the right thing to do,” said Scott, who was first appointed senator by Haley in 2013. On Tuesday night, he supported Trump during his victory speech and urged Haley to step down.
The timing of the endorsement, just days before the New Hampshire vote, Haley’s group was surprised, according to two people familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity. One of them, who has been in frequent contact with Haley, said Scott’s announcement “seems designed for maximum impact.”
“It sends a signal that the party is united behind President Trump,” Miller said to Reuters. “Nikki Haley has nowhere else to go. “It’s time for me to get out of the race.”
Ending the primary campaign early would be a historic feat for a candidate who is not in the White House.
Haley maintains she has the best chance of defeating Biden in the Nov. 5 election.
“This race is far from over. Many states remain. And next is my beloved state of South Carolina,” he said on Tuesday. “I’m a fighter and now we’re the last ones standing next to Donald Trump.”
He’s planning a rally Wednesday night in Charleston, South Carolina, and campaign manager Betsy Ankney told reporters this week that the campaign has gotten a $4 million ad buy state television.
In a memo released early Tuesday, Haley’s campaign manager argued that the super Tuesday, on March 5, when 15 states and one US territory hold primaries simultaneously, will be a change, because many are likely to be open to an alternative to Trump given his “favorable demographics.”