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Biden says Nikki Haley is finished after New Hampshire primary loss

By Stew Davidson
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January 25, 2024

On Tuesday night, President Joe Biden acknowledged former President Donald Trump's commanding position in the Republican primary race.

Despite Nikki Haley's determination to persevere in her campaign, Biden's remarks signified an acceptance of Trump's strong lead, especially after his significant victory in New Hampshire.

Biden said, "It is now clear that Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee," as reported by the Daily Mail.

He added, "And my message to the country is the stakes could not be higher. Our Democracy. Our personal freedoms - from the right to choose to the right to vote ... all are at stake."

Biden's statement mirrors the expanding belief that the Republican primary is evolving into a foregone conclusion.

Trump's Momentum Builds

Trump's campaign, bolstered by his wins in both the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary, has gained a celebratory momentum.

Historical patterns suggest that a candidate who wins these initial contests typically secures the party nomination.

Trump, who won Tuesday's primary with a narrower margin than anticipated, nonetheless hosted a victorious event in Nashua, projecting confidence in his eventual nomination.

He highlighted the historical significance of his wins in Iowa and New Hampshire, asserting the improbability of his losing the nomination from this point.

The Waning Opposition

The primary race has seen notable shifts, with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis withdrawing just before the first votes in the state. Haley, facing skepticism from pollsters about her chances in upcoming states, is now contemplating her campaign's viability.

Trump's final rallies in New Hampshire were marked by a sense of inevitability, featuring appearances from former opponents such as Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) and Vivek Ramaswamy.

Scott, addressing a crowd on Tuesday, declared the election effectively concluded, urging unity behind Trump as the party's nominee.

Broad Support for Trump

Trump's early victories demonstrate his ability to appeal to diverse Republican voters, from Iowa's conservative evangelicals to New Hampshire's moderate Republicans.

His New Hampshire win was described by Corey Lewandowski, a former campaign manager, as a compelling reason for Haley to reconsider her continued participation in the race.

Endorsements from figures like Republican donor Dan Eberhart and New York Rep. Brandon Williams evidence the growing support for Trump.

Despite these developments, Haley remains steadfast in her campaign, buoyed by her supporters' belief that the race is far from decided. However, she faces significant challenges ahead.

The Nevada caucuses, for instance, do not currently include her name, and in South Carolina, her home state, Trump leads substantially in polls.