Nikki Haley Drops Out of GOP Race, Does Not Officially Endorse Donald Trump

By Al Perrotta Published on March 6, 2024

Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has suspended her campaign for president, effectively putting an end to the GOP primary race. Donald Trump becomes the presumptive Republican nominee for president, making him one of only a handful of men to earn his party’s nomination three times.

Haley announced her decision to withdrawal Wednesday morning from Charleston. “I said I wanted Americans to have their voices heard. I have no regrets, and although I will not be a candidate, I will not stop using my voice for the things I believe in.”

“In all likelihood, Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee when our party convention meets in July, I congratulate him and wish him well,” Haley said, but fell short of endorsing her former boss. “It is now up to Donald Trump to earn the votes of those in our party and beyond it.”

 

The writing was on the wall for Haley after a Super Tuesday which saw the former president earn massive victories in all states but Vermont. The Green Mountain State’s open primary allowed mischievous Democrats to cross over to vote against Trump. Still, a win’s a win, and Haley topped Trump 49.9% to 45.9%. Since Nikki did not earn 50.1% of the vote, the state’s 17 delegates were split: 9 for her, 8 for Trump. So in practical terms, even her win was a virtual tie. 

Trump’s dominance, Haley’s inability to make a dent in his popularity, and major donors’ starting to withdrawal support made her path forward futile. Her decision to drop out was in the wind last evening when she failed to come out and address supporters.

Still, Haley departs the race as the first woman ever to win a GOP primary, and with the knowledge she was the last fighter standing against the generation’s toughest political slugger.

 

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