Nikki Haley Refuses to Drop Out after Crushing Defeat from Trump in New Hampshire

President Donald Trump soared to victory in the first-in-the-nation primary in New Hampshire, crushing his only remaining rival in the race, Nikki Haley.

Trump has now won the first two nominating contests of the 2024 season, as he secured 51% of the vote in the Iowa caucus just last week.

However, despite the drubbing from Trump, Haley is refusing to drop out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Haley finished third in the Iowa caucuses behind Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Following his defeat, DeSantis subsequently dropped out and backed Trump in the GOP race.

Nevertheless, despite getting crushed a second time, Haley is apparently unfazed and believes “the best is yet to come.”

“Now you’ve all heard the chatter among the political class,” Haley said.

“They’re falling all over themselves saying, ‘This race is over.’

“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.

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“There are dozens of states left to go, and the next one is my sweet state of South Carolina.”

President Joe Biden, who did not appear on the ballot due to the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC’s) new calendar, won the New Hampshire Democrat primary as a write-in candidate, according to the AP.

Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips followed at 20.4% ahead of self-help author Marianne Williamson at 4.6%.

None of the Democrats will receive delegates from New Hampshire, as the state decided to keep its first-in-the-nation status.

Haley, the former South Carolina Governor who presided over the Palmetto State from 2011 to 2017, is likely in the minority if she believes the race is “far from over.”

A previous Republican candidate in the 2024 race, Vivek Ramaswamy, disagrees with Haley and is urging her to do “the right thing for the country” and step down.

Ramaswamy dropped out after the Iowa caucuses to endorse Trump for president.

During an interview with Fox News’s Jesse Watters, Ramaswamy asserted that this race is effectively “over.”

“I’m right here at the party, the after party right here,” Ramaswamy said from Nashua, New Hampshire.

“And look, I think this is a decisive win for Donald Trump.

“That’s what we’re seeing tonight.”

“I think there’s actually an interesting view of this, which is, it’s like a terrain for the general election,” he added.

“You have more independents than Democrats, it looks like, voting in this GOP primary than registered Republicans themselves.”

“And many of the largest donors to the Democratic Party have been the largest donors to Nikki Haley, who’s Donald Trump’s opponent here,” he continued.

“So I think this is a prediction of what you’re going to see in the general election and the decisive margin we see tonight is in some ways, I think something that bodes well for Trump heading into the general election in November to reunite this country.”

“And so in my view, the general election really begins tonight.

“I think the Republican primary, for all intents and purposes, is over tonight. And I think the party and the country are better off if we see that for what it is,” he said.

The results from the New Hampshire Primary show that a staggering 73% of Haley’s voters were not registered Republicans.

Watters then asked Ramaswamy if Haley should suspend her campaign.

“Look, I do think that would be the right thing for the country unambiguously,” he said.

“And also just to call a spade a spade, Jesse, as you know, I’ve not been unafraid to do that in this campaign.

“If Nikki Haley does stay in, it will send the signal that her only path, and what she’s playing for, is for Donald Trump being eliminated by forces outside of this process, by the judicial system, by Secretaries of State and places like Maine or elsewhere.

“And I think that’s downright wrong. I think it’s wrong for the Republican Party.

“I think it’s wrong for this country.”

“There is no viable path for her to defeat him through the front door,” he went on.

“And so what we’re really just seeing is the very people like Reid Hoffman who are paying for the lawsuits against Donald Trump now becoming the largest donors, or among the largest donors to Nikki Haley, it becomes obvious that the thing they’re playing for is Trump to be eliminated by what I view as illegitimate means.”

“And I think that is bad for this party, bad for this country,” he went on.

“That’s what that will mean. And so for that reason, I do think the right decision for Nikki Haley to make for the country and for the Republican Party tonight, or very soon after tonight, is to make this a one person nomination for the Republican nomination and then head to a general election where we can focus, I think, Jesse, this year, on delivering a 1980 style moral mandate, a Reagan style landslide.”

“When you have the likes of John Fetterman even recently talking about the importance of the southern border that says that many Democrats and independents and Libertarians agree with the views of this America First movement,” he added.

“That’s why I took myself out of the race to endorse Donald Trump.

“I think the other Republicans have done the right thing.

“It’s time for Nikki Haley to do the right thing as well and focus on a landslide this November.

“That dare I say, will reunite this country.”

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Trump appeared to have benefitted from DeSantis’ Sunday exit in the Granite State, as his lead over Haley grew in the RealClearPolitics (RCP) average since.

The upcoming nominating contests will take place next month, with Nevada holding both a state primary and party caucus on Feb. 6 and Feb. 8, respectively.

Haley will appear on the primary ballot, while Trump is participating in the caucus — the only nominating contest that delegates will be awarded by.

Haley’s home state of South Carolina is next up on Feb. 24, where she is currently trailing the former president by 30.2 points in the RCP average.

The state’s top Republicans — Gov. Henry McMaster and Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott — have all thrown their support behind Trump.

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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