It seems like common sense to assume that new presidential candidate Nikki Haley would be popular among Republicans in the state she governed, but voters in South Carolina made it clear that Donald Trump appears to be the candidate they want to win back whites. Home in 2024.
Former President Donald Trump has a huge lead over Haley 35%-16%, according to a new poll of South Carolina primary voters. To add insult to injury, she’s not in second place, that seat belongs to the Florida governor, and GOP candidate Ron DeSantis, who is currently at 22%, is highly expected.
The size of the crowd at the President’s Nikki Haley rally this morning in South Carolinapic.twitter.com/XJsFrwzyfT
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePress) February 15, 2023
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Home Game Advantage Gone
According to pollster Rich Shaftan, Haley has “serious” challenges ahead of her as she races for her party’s nomination.
“70% of South Carolina Republicans do not mention Haley as their first, second or third-place choice despite 100% Name ID,” Shaftan said.
The poll, which includes 300 general GOP primary voters, shows that while Haley is disliked, she is not as favored as Trump or DeSantis, who follow the Biden administration and make headlines for conservative causes themselves.
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According to Shaftan, “South Carolina voters like Haley personally, but other than giving him credit for a good economy and hurricane/flood relief, there are few who recognize the (former) governor’s real accomplishments. That shallow understanding explains why Haley is losing his home state to an outsider governor and the former president he once served.
In the poll, Shaftan asked voters why they liked/disliked the GOP candidates the most. As for Haley, she gets high marks for “good job 26%, people 7%, honest 6%,” while negatives include “inexperienced/unprepared 14%, weak 12%, abandon plans 10%” and hilariously, “Trump backstabbed 6%.” “
Nikki Haley has launched her presidential campaign in South Carolina. I wonder how many people attend Trump’s rallies. There is no comparison. I see her as one of the many RINOS in DC who will speak from both sides of themselves.
– Erica 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@EricaRN4USA) February 15, 2023
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Who will follow?
Many names have been thrown into the hat of other potential Republican candidates to jump into the 2024 election—including but not limited to former Secretary Mike Pompeo, Vice President Mike Pence, current Senators Ted Cruz and Tim Scott, and Governor Ron. DeSantis – Vivek Ramaswamy is the only conservative businessman openly discussing his intention to declare a run.
The conservative businessman and author of books like “Woke Inc” and “Nation of Victims,” recently visited Iowa to meet with potential donors. During a recent appearance on Fox Business, he made his intentions clear that he will make a decision on whether or not to announce his candidacy soon.
“My generation is hungry for purpose and meaning,” Ramaswamy said in a tweet that included a clip of his latest news appearance. “We have given up the things we used to work for: faith, patriotism, hard work, family. We now embrace secular religions, from covidism to climate to gender ideology. Time to fix that.”
My generation is hungry for purpose and meaning. Faith, patriotism, hard work, family: we have given up the things that used to work. We now accept secular religions from covidism to climate change to gender ideology. Time to fix it. pic.twitter.com/OF1ARVlz9J
— Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) February 14, 2023
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