Donald Trump has had another resounding win in his race to become the Republican candidate in November’s White House election by defeating former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley in the New Hampshire primary.
After his triumph in Iowa, with 90 percent of the votes counted, Trump is leading Haley 54-43.
Addressing supporters in Nashua, Trump took a victory lap with a combative speech that included sharp criticism of Haley. “She had a very bad night,” Trump said. “She came in third [in Iowa], and she’s still hanging around.”
Trump’s team similarly ridiculed Haley’s decision to stay in the race after two decisive losses, with one of the former President’s strategists mocking her as “delusional.”
New Hampshire result cements Trump as favorite
The result in New Hampshire suggests Trump will become his party’s presidential candidate for the third election in a row and will likely face Biden in November, CNN says. After Trump’s wins in Iowa and New Hampshire, more and more Republican lawmakers are lining up to endorse him.
Speaking after the first projections came in, Haley insisted she was staying in the race, saying it was “far from over” with “dozens of states left to go.”
“I’m a fighter. And I’m scrappy. And now we’re the last ones standing next to Donald Trump. We still have a ways to go, but we keep moving up,” she said.
What’s not clear, though, is where Haley could notch a victory against Trump, CNN says. She isn’t participating in the Nevada caucuses on February 8th. She will instead be on the state’s primary ballot, which won’t lead to her winning any delegates, and polls in her home state of South Carolina show Trump with a huge lead.
If Haley couldn’t defeat Trump in New Hampshire, with all its moderate Republicans and independent voters, how can she expect to fare better in more conservative territory? The conservative voters in upcoming states will only make things more difficult, the BBC notes.
Democrats also clearly believe the Republican presidential primary is effectively over, and they are already turning their attention to the general election. “Tonight’s results confirm Donald Trump has all but locked up the GOP nomination, and the election denying, anti-freedom Maga movement has completed its takeover of the Republican party,” said Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Biden’s campaign manager.
“While we work toward November 2024, one thing is increasingly clear today: Donald Trump is headed straight into a general election matchup where he’ll face the only person to have ever beaten him at the ballot box: Joe Biden,” she said.