Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is experiencing a noteworthy surge in support for the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary, thanks to an unexpected endorsement from reality TV star Judge Judy Sheindlin. Known as Judge Judy, Sheindlin will join Haley at a rally in Exeter, New Hampshire, marking a rare foray into politics for the television personality who previously endorsed former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg in the 2020 presidential race.
As of now, the New Hampshire race is led by former President Donald Trump with 50.3 percent support, followed by Haley at 35.3 percent, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis at 6.3 percent, according to the Real Clear Politics average of polls. FiveThirtyEight paints a slightly closer competition, with Trump at 48.9 percent, Haley at 34.2 percent, and DeSantis at 5.2 percent.
Hard truths from Judge Judy 🥩 pic.twitter.com/TMQR5oGCmg
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) January 18, 2024
Sheindlin expressed her endorsement for Haley in an Op-Ed for the Daily Mail, praising Haley's executive experience and critiquing both Trump and President Joe Biden. She highlighted Haley's global awareness and effective responsiveness, distinguishing her from other candidates. Sheindlin also addressed the age factor, emphasizing the stamina required for the presidency, asserting that both Trump and Biden lack it, drawing on her own experience at 81 years old.
In a parallel development, former President Trump secured a significant endorsement from Republican Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina. Scott emphasized the necessity for a president capable of unifying the nation and earning respect on the international stage. With endorsements playing a pivotal role in the 2024 presidential race, candidates are actively seeking influential backers to bolster their campaigns. With Judge Judy's support, Haley aims to further solidify her standing in the New Hampshire primary.