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Donald Trump Wins South Carolina Republican Primary, Defeats Nikki Haley Is 2024 US Presidential Elections

Donald Trump’s odds of winning were not immediately clear.

Donald Trump won a decisive victory in the South Carolina Republican primary on Saturday, defeating rival Nikki Haley in his home state and on track to capture the nomination and a rematch with Joe Biden for the White House. He continued to make good progress.

Mr. Trump swept the first four major nominating contests, turning a year of blockbuster polling into a likely insurmountable lead heading into “Super Tuesday,” a 15-state poll victory 10 days later.

Haley has repeatedly questioned the 77-year-old former president’s mental health and warned that Trump would bring “chaos” if he takes office again, but her efforts have undermined his standing within the Republican Party. seems to have been of little help.

The margin of victory was not immediately clear, but it was expected to be large after major U.S. networks called for the race to be canceled within seconds of voting closing.

Haley, South Carolina’s popular governor in the 2010s and the only woman to run on a Republican ticket, exceeded expectations in her own backyard and was about to set sail on Super Tuesday.

But she will never compete in a battleground that favors President Trump’s brand of right-wing “America First” populism and personal grievances over the four indictments and multiple civil lawsuits he faces. could not.

Trump had already won Iowa by 30 points and New Hampshire by 10 points, while the contest in Nevada meant the real estate mogul would run unopposed in the official race.

Trump’s margin of victory has always been the main question in South Carolina, and analysts have argued that it would have been a good night for Haley to close the gap to 15 points or less.

But President Trump’s aides have made it clear that they want to see Haley off long before the Republican National Convention in July, and the party, centered on its front-runner, has made clear that it wants to see Haley off long before the Republican National Convention in July. I look forward to unity.

‘chaos’

President Trump made it clear Saturday that he was looking beyond Haley to the race against Biden, which is likely to take place in November.

Speaking before the voting booths closed at the Conservative Political Action Committee meeting, a must-stop for Republican politicians, Trump spent much of his time bashing Biden, not Haley.

Haley, a traditional conservative who believes in limited government and strong foreign policy, argued that Trump’s presidency would be riddled with scandal from day one.

The 52-year-old former U.N. ambassador made that point Saturday, calling President Trump’s comments about black conservatives on the campaign trail “disgusting.”

Trump nods to his multiple indictments, saying, “Black people like me because they’ve been so hurt and discriminated against, and they actually see me as discriminated against.” Told.

Haley also weighed in on Trump’s reaction to the death of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny (she avoided criticizing President Vladimir Putin) and his attacks on NATO countries that have not met their financial obligations. He also criticized the threat of prompting Russia.

Her central argument — that polls show her doing better than Trump in a hypothetical showdown with Biden — may have fallen on deaf ears. But she vowed to remain in the race until Super Tuesday.

Analysts say he is raising his profile for a possible 2028 run and is prepared to step in if Trump loses the race due to legal or health issues. ing.

“Nikki Haley is a great role model,” said Julie Taylor, a Republican voter. “She’s not giving up, she’s showing her strength and grace and courage.”

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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