Nikki Haley will suspend her campaign but will not immediately support Trump, a source says

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Nikki Haley will suspend her campaign but will not immediately support Trump, a source says

Election 2024

Ziema Mehta

March 6, 2024

GOP presidential candidate Nikki Haley, who had vowed to continue her campaign despite losing nearly every state in this year’s Republican primaries, will announce Wednesday morning that she plans to suspend her campaign, according to a source familiar with her plans and to whom anonymity was granted. discuss Haley’s decision.

However, Trump’s former U.N. ambassador has no immediate plans to support the former president, the source said, and will urge him to seek the support of Republicans and independent voters who have grown wary of him.

Haley’s announcement is expected to come Wednesday morning, hours after she lost nearly every state on Super Tuesday, including California, a development first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

The former governor of South Carolina was seen by anti-Trump Republicans as the last bastion against the former president.

Nikki Haley

will suspend her presidential campaign on Wednesday after suffering a sound defeat across the country on Super Tuesday, according to people familiar with her decision.

Donald Trump

as the last remaining major candidate for the 2024 Republican nomination. Three people with direct knowledge who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly confirmed Haley’s decision ahead of an announcement she had planned for Wednesday morning. Governor of Carolina and UN ambassador was Trump’s first major rival when she

jumped into the race

in February 2023. She spent the final stages of her campaign aggressively warning the Republican Party against embracing Trump, who she said was too consumed with chaos and personal discontent to defeat President Joe Biden in the general election defeat. Her departure gives Trump room to focus solely on his likely November rematch with Biden. The former president is on his way

reach the required 1,215 delegates

to win the Republican nomination later this month. Haley’s defeat marks a painful, if predictable, blow to voters, donors and Republican Party officials who opposed Trump and his fiery brand of Make America Great Again politics. She was especially popular among moderates and college-educated voters, constituencies likely to play a crucial role in the general election. It is unclear whether Trump, who recently declared that Haley donors would be permanently excluded from his movement, can ultimately unite a deeply divided party. Haley exits the 2024 presidential election after making history as the first woman to win a Republican primary. She defeated Trump in the District of Columbia on Sunday and Vermont on Tuesday

had insisted she stay in the race

through Super Tuesday and crisscrossed the country campaigning in states where Republican contests were being held. Ultimately, she failed to deter Trump from his path to a third consecutive nomination. Haley’s allies note that she has exceeded the expectations of most of the political world by getting as far as they have.

initially excluded

against Trump in 2024. But she changed her mind and ultimately launched her bid three months after he did, citing, among other things, the country’s economic problems and the need for generational change. Haley, 52, later called for competency tests for politicians over 75, a blow to both Trump, who is 77, and President Joe Biden, who is 81. Her candidacy slowly attracted donors and support, but she ultimately outlasted all of her other GOP rivals, including Florida Gov.

Ron DeSantis

former vice president

Mike Pence

and sen.

Tim Scott

, her fellow South Carolinian whom she appointed to the Senate in 2012. And the money flowed in until the end. Her campaign said it raised more than $12 million in February alone. She became popular with many Republican donors, independent voters and the so-called Never Trump crowd, even as she criticized the criminal cases against him as politically motivated and promised that, as president, she would pardon him if convicted in federal court . As the field consolidated, she and DeSantis battled it out in early voting states, finishing a distant second behind Trump. The two went after each other in debates, ads and interviews, often more directly than they went after Trump. The campaigns focus on foreign policy after Hamas’ surprise attack on Israel in October.

in Haley’s wheelhouse,

This gave her an opportunity to showcase her experiences at the UN, linking the war to her conservative domestic priorities and arguing that both Israel and the US could be made vulnerable by what she called distractions. Haley was slow to directly criticize her former boss. While campaigning in the early states, Haley often complimented some of Trump’s foreign policy achievements, but gradually

more criticism added

in her campaign speeches. She discussed Trump’s hyperfocus on trade with China, which led him to ignore security threats from a major American rival. She warned that weak support for Ukraine would only embolden China to invade Taiwan, a view shared by several of her Republican rivals, even as many Republican voters questioned whether the U.S. should send aid to Ukraine. her meager campaign received the support of the political arm of the powerful Koch network. AFP Action bombarded early-state voters with mailers and door knockers, deploying its nationwide coalition of activists and virtually unlimited resources to help Haley defeat Trump. Because Trump refused to participate in the primary debates, Haley took on DeSantis in one debate.

display a combative style

that even seemed to go down poorly with those who wanted to support her in the Iowa caucuses. She would finish third. Haley’s name emerged as a possible running mate for Trump, with the former president reportedly asking his allies what they thought about adding her to his potential ticket. While Haley appeared to be gaining ground, some Trump supporters tried to undermine the idea. Although Haley initially refused to necessarily rule out that possibility, she said during her campaign in New Hampshire in January that serving as anyone’s vice president is off the table. After DeSantis left the campaign following Trump’s record victory in the Iowa caucuses, Haley hoped that New Hampshire voters would be so strongly in favor of keeping the former president away from the White House that they would turn out to her in large numbers to support. America doesn’t do coronations, Haley said at a VFW hall in Franklin on the eve of the New Hampshire Conference in New Hampshire. primary. Let’s show the entire media class and the political class that we have a different plan in mind, and let’s show the country what we can do. But she would lose New Hampshire and then refuse to participate in the Nevada caucuses, sparking a fight between the states. rules were heavily in Trump’s favor. Instead, she competed in the state’s primary, which did not count for delegates for the nomination. She still finished in a comfortable second place

none of these candidates

, an option Nevada offers to voters dissatisfied with their choices and is used by many Trump supporters to oppose her. She had long vowed to win South Carolina, but backed away from that promise as the primaries approached. She crisscrossed the state that twice elected its governor on a bus tour, holding smaller events than Trump’s less frequent rallies and suggesting she was better equipped to defeat Biden than he was. She lost South Carolina by 20 points and Michigan by 40 points three days later. Koch brothers AFP Action announced this after their loss in South Carolina

it would stop organizing

for her. But by staying in the campaign, Haley

received sufficient support

of suburban and college-educated voters to highlight Trump’s apparent weaknesses among those groups. Haley has made it clear that she does not want to serve as Trump’s vice president or run for a third-party ticket arranged by the group No Labels. She leaves the race with a heightened national profile that could help her with a future presidential candidate. Over the past few days she has…

a promise left behind

to support the eventual Republican nominee required of everyone participating in party debates. I think I’ll decide for myself what decision I want to make, she told NBC’s Meet the Press.___People reported from New York. Meg Kinnard can be reached at

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