Former Governor Nikki Haley is feeling the pressure to drop out of the GOP primary, and it’s not looking good for her. With Governor Ron DeSantis leaving the race and throwing his support behind former President Donald Trump, Haley’s chances of winning the nomination are slim to none. Trump has a commanding lead in all states except for New Hampshire, where Haley is trailing him by about 15 points. If she can’t even come close to winning in New Hampshire, it’s going to be a tough sell for her to stay in the race until South Carolina. It’s clear that Haley’s inevitable resignation is on the horizon, and Trump will soon be focused on defeating President Joe Biden.
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Despite the mounting pressure, Haley is refusing to drop out. She appeared on Fox News and argued that this is not a coronation and that people need options. But let’s face it, Haley’s campaign has little momentum, and the majority of Republican voters are not clamoring for her to be the nominee. They want to relive the Trump era because they believe he was right. It’s too little, too late for Haley, according to Fergus Cullen, a former chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party. She needed to inspire and engage unaffiliated voters, but she hasn’t done what it takes to reach that audience and turn them out in the numbers she needs.
To make matters worse, the energy in New Hampshire is solidly behind Trump. Republican strategist Dave Carney noted that there’s no frenzy or frenetic activity that usually accompanies a campaign. It’s clear that Trump commands the Republican Party, and he will dominate in New Hampshire, just as he did in Iowa. It’s time for Haley to face the reality and step aside to allow Trump to focus on defeating Biden.
In the end, Haley’s campaign was a long shot from the start, and it’s not surprising that she’s facing pressure to drop out. The writing is on the wall, and the momentum is clearly with Trump. Haley’s political career hangs in the balance, and her performance in New Hampshire will determine her future. But let’s be honest, it’s not looking good for her.