Former President of the United States Donald Trump and former governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley face off in the New Hampshire primaries on Tuesday night (23) in the race to nominate the name of the Republican Party candidate for the November presidential elections.
As a result, after his victory in the Iowa caucus last week, with a 30-point advantage over his opponents, Trump is considered the favorite again. Research carried out this week points to advantages ranging from 10 percentage points to up to 27 points over its competitor.
With that, this difference could make the situation in favor of Trump practically irreversible. Nikki Haley, in turn, needs to prove herself still competitive before the contest moves to her home state on February 24th. She is betting on the rejection of Trump’s name among independents to remain in the race.
It is worth remembering that Haley suffered what could be considered a setback this week, when Florida governor Ron DeSantis withdrew from the race and started supporting Trump, as businessman Vivek Ramaswamy had already done shortly after the Iowa caucus. As both placed themselves in the party’s most conservative camp, their presence on the ballot could reduce Trump’s advantage, according to experts.
On the other hand, DeSantis’ departure increased his campaign’s fundraising by US$500,000 in less than 24 hours, which allows for more advertising purchases in South Carolina.
Thus, during an interview with NewsNation on Monday (22), Haley said it was “never fair” to say that the success of her campaign depends on the first New Hampshire primaries. “I said I needed to be strong in Iowa. We start at 2%. We finished 20. I need to be stronger in New Hampshire. I think we will do that tomorrow (today). And so I need to be stronger than that in South Carolina.”