The 2024 Republican race is down to two. But for many, it’s already over.
And now Nikki Haley made one campaign announcement that has Republicans scratching their heads.
Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley indicated in an interview this week that her presidential campaign was far from done, despite trailing former President Donald Trump by more than 50 points in the most recent RealClearPolitics average.
Haley made the statements during a Thursday interview with Jake Tapper on CNN’s The Lead when questioned about RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel’s suggestion that Haley withdraw out of the race.
“I absolutely think it was inappropriate,” Haley stated.
“We have had two states that have voted. You need 1,215 delegates. Donald Trump has 32. I have 17. We still have 48 states and more territories to go before we get there.”
“I’m not going anywhere, Jake,” she continued.
“I’m going to continue to go all the way through South Carolina. Then we’re going to go on to Super Tuesday, and we’re going to keep on going forward. This is about the fact that we can’t live in chaos anymore.”
Haley went on to essentially say she will fight to the bitter end:
I mean, what I will tell you in South Carolina is, we’re going to close that gap. My goal is to be more competitive in South Carolina. It’s always been to build on momentum.
We started with 2 percent in Iowa. We ended with 20 percent. We went into New Hampshire. We got 43 percent. In South Carolina, we want to get even more competitive than that.
And then we will go into Michigan and we will go into Super Tuesday. We have a country to save. I’m not going anywhere, because I don’t want my kids to live like this. I don’t want anybody else’s kids to live like this. We have been in total distraction for a long time.
And we know that, when America’s distracted, the world is less safe. And all you have to do is look around the world and see that. I’m going to stay in this for the long haul, because I think it’s important and I know that we need to get this done.
But does her zeal match the polls in any way, shape, or form?
In polling averages, Haley’s home state has given her around 32.1% support compared to 62.7% for Donald Trump.
This is worse than New Hampshire, where she polled at 36.3% to Trump’s 53.9% on the eve of the election.
Haley’s biggest problem? South Carolina doesn’t proportionally share delegates.
She has to BEAT Trump if she wants the delegates.
And that just isn’t going to happen folks.
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