In a significant stride towards securing the Republican presidential nomination, former President Donald Trump emerged triumphant in the New Hampshire primary, defeating rival Nikki Haley. Trump, jubilant in his victory speech on Tuesday night, underscored his dominance in the state, having clinched the primary three times. Despite this, he acknowledged the absence of a corresponding success in the general elections, having been bested by Hillary Clinton in 2016 and Joe Biden in 2020.
Nikki Haley, undeterred by her defeat, affirmed her commitment to pressing forward in the race. Addressing supporters in Concord, New Hampshire, she declared, “This race is far from over,” emphasizing the multitude of states yet to cast their votes. Haley, positioning herself as a resilient contender, asserted, “I’m a fighter, and I’m scrappy, and now we’re the last ones standing next to Donald Trump.”
Highlighting the setbacks suffered by Republicans under Trump’s leadership, Haley pointed to losses in the Senate and House during the 2018, 2020, and 2022 elections. Expressing concerns about Trump’s electability, she asserted, “The worst kept secret in politics is how badly the Democrats want to run against Donald Trump. They know Trump is the only Republican in the country who Joe Biden can defeat.”