Nikki Haley Defeats Donald Trump In D.C. GOP Presidential Primary | EUROtoday

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WASHINGTON – Nikki Haley on Sunday defeated Donald Trump within the GOP presidential major in Washington, D.C., her first win towards the previous president.

It’s a comparatively tiny victory, one Trump will nearly definitely use to painting Haley as a creature of the D.C. swamp. D.C.’s 19 delegates will now solid their votes for her on the Republican National Convention in July. That’s out of two,429 delegates, and to date, Trump has trounced her in the entire different state GOP primaries.

Right on cue, shortly after Haley’s win was introduced, Trump’s marketing campaign stated her victory means “the swamp has claimed their queen.”

“While Nikki has been soundly rejected throughout the rest of America, she was just crowned Queen of the Swamp by the lobbyists and DC insiders that want to protect the failed status quo,” Karoline Leavitt, press secretary for Trump’s marketing campaign, stated in a press release.

Trump has a complete of 244 delegates and Haley now has 43. Whoever is first to hit 1,215 delegates would be the Republican presidential nominee. Trump is anticipated to get a lot nearer following this week’s Super Tuesday primaries, the place polls present him dominating from coast to coast.

But Haley’s win counts for one thing. For starters, unbelievably, she is now the primary lady to ever win a Republican presidential major.

Her capability to defeat Trump in any major means he can’t have a good time a clear sweep, which, as petty because it sounds, is sort of definitely going to infuriate him and delight his critics. And for Haley’s supporters in D.C., it’s an indication that there’s sufficient of them, even when on this small election, to ship the message that they reject the MAGA grip on their celebration.

“It matters for her to win in D.C. because I think it’s going to frustrate Trump more and more,” stated Cherry, 66, who was one in all about 250 folks at a Haley marketing campaign occasion in D.C. on Friday afternoon. She requested to make use of her first title solely.

“I’ve never hated a politician, but I hate Donald Trump,” she stated. “This is America’s Hitler.”

A Haley victory in D.C.’s GOP major would “put our little group on the map,” stated Dennis Paul, an 84-year-old semi-retired resident.

“She seems to grasp things very well,” he stated. “She’s obviously good on fiscal policy. She’s vibrant and exciting.”

Joe, a long-time D.C. resident, praised Haley for her “message of real vigor and understanding of the issues.” He stated he needs her to remain within the race so long as attainable, although it’s unlikely she will win.

“First of all, she’s not Joe Biden. Secondly, she’s not Donald Trump,” stated Joe, who’s in his 60s and who additionally requested solely utilizing his first title, however confirmed his final title just isn’t “Biden.”

“Anywhere ― anywhere ― she can win and show momentum would be great,” Joe stated of Haley.

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA - MARCH 2: Republican presidential candidate former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley speaks during a campaign rally at Raleigh Union Station on March 2, 2024 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Despite having lost every state primary thus far to Donald Trump, Haley intends to stay in the Republican race at least through Super Tuesday on March 5. (Photo by Eros Hoagland/Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA – MARCH 2: Republican presidential candidate former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley speaks throughout a marketing campaign rally at Raleigh Union Station on March 2, 2024 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Despite having misplaced each state major to this point to Donald Trump, Haley intends to remain within the Republican race not less than by means of Super Tuesday on March 5. (Photo by Eros Hoagland/Getty Images)

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Some attendees at Haley’s occasion stated she has come to symbolize one thing a lot larger than herself.

Antonia Ferrier, a former longtime senior aide to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and the late Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), is now a significant donor to Haley’s marketing campaign.

She stated it’s clear there’s a faction of voters who “feel almost voiceless in the Republican Party.” She rattled off latest polling that has deeply annoyed her: Nearly 70% of Americans don’t need a Biden-Trump rematch in November. Nearly 60% assume they’re each too previous. More than 40% of voters are registering as impartialtying a file excessive in 2014.

“There is a collective scream in this country,” stated Ferrier, who’s presently an government on the International Republican Institute, a GOP nonprofit that advances democracy. “It’s like a collective scream for a leader we can be proud of. But the established political class refuses to listen to it because of their own feedback loops or whatever fucking reason, and Haley is giving voice to that.”

Ferrier stated she needs the previous South Carolina governor to remain within the race so long as she will, as a result of “she is an affirmation of the politics saying there is a better way. She gets it. It’s clear she understands it.”

“There is another way for our country,” she emphasised.

Haley herself made this level at her marketing campaign occasion on Friday.

“We don’t have to live the way we’re living now,” she advised the room, to applause. “But we need to be part of the solution. We’re gonna fight for Super Tuesday.”

But what’s Haley’s endgame, if it’s clear she will’t defeat Trump within the Republican major however is constant to marketing campaign and lift cash?

“I don’t know. I don’t even know if she knows,” replied Ferrier. “But you know what? There is something about just fighting for basic fucking common decency.”

Liz Skalka contributed reporting.