Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley vowed to stay in the Republican Party primary race after losing to her former boss, former President Donald Trump, in New Hampshire on Tuesday night, her second primary loss.
The race was called for Trump with less than 20% of the vote counted as the former president enjoyed an 8-9% lead over Haley in a state where she relied on independents, moderates, and secular voters to boost her. The remaining primary schedule largely favors the former president.
“What a great night!” Haley declared while addressing her supporters, “God is so good.”
After acknowledging that Trump won the primary, she said that “the political class” was “falling all over themselves saying this race is over.”
“Well, I have news for all of them. New Hampshire is first in the nation. It is not the last in the nation,” she said. “This race is far from over. There are dozens of states left to go. And the next one is my sweet state of South Carolina.”
Later in the speech, Haley said, “With Donald Trump, Republicans have lost almost every competitive election. We lost the Senate. We lost the House. We lost The White House. We lost in 2018. We lost in 2020. And we lost in 2022. 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. You can’t fix the mess if you don’t win an election. A Trump nomination is a Biden win and a Kamala Harris presidency.”
“With Donald Trump, you have one bout of chaos after another. This court case, that controversy, this tweet, that senior moment,” she continued. “You can’t fix Joe Biden’s chaos with Republican chaos.”