Nikki Haley Admits It’s ‘Very Possible’ The GOP Is Fully The Party Of Trump

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley, speaks at a campaign event Monday in Bloomington, Minnesota. Minnesota is among the states holding primaries on Super Tuesday, March 5.
Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley, speaks at a marketing campaign occasion Monday in Bloomington, Minnesota. Minnesota is among the many states holding primaries on Super Tuesday, March 5.
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Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley stated it’s “very possible” the GOP has absolutely change into the social gathering of Donald Trump, as she was projected to lose yet one more major to the previous president.

Haley was talking Tuesday to CNN host Dana Bash not lengthy earlier than Michigan’s Republican presidential major was known as for Trump. Michigan is the fifth state the place Haley has misplaced to Trump — one other blow making it more durable to justify her marketing campaign.

“Isn’t it possible the party has moved, and the party is about Donald Trump and not what you’re describing, which might be the party of yesterday?” Bash requested Haley.

“It’s very possible,” Haley stated. “What we’re doing is if 70% of Americans say they don’t want Donald Trump or Joe Biden, we are giving them an option.

“What I’m saying to my Republican Party family is we’re in a ship with a hole in it. And we can either go down with the ship and watch the country go socialist left, or we can see that we need to take the life raft and move in a new direction.”

Haley argued after dropping her residence state major on Saturday that the 40% of voters who backed her signify a crucial portion of the citizens, one which doesn’t need to see one other Biden-Trump election.

Campaign spokesperson Olivia Perez-Cubas reiterated Haley’s level in an announcement on the outcomes. “Donald Trump is losing about 35% of the vote. That’s a flashing warning sign for Trump in November.”

“Let this serve as another warning sign that what has happened in Michigan will continue to play out across the country,” Perez-Cubas stated.

Haley has campaigned as a conservative different to Trump, positioning herself as a candidate for independents, “never Trumpers” and others who need to stop Trump from changing into the nominee — together with Democrats.

On Tuesday, the previous South Carolina governor once more dedicated to staying within the race by way of Super Tuesday subsequent week. Trump’s marketing campaign believes it’s attainable the previous president will safe a majority of Republican National Committee delegates by March 12 or 19, clinching the nomination.

With simply 12% of votes counted, Haley had about 29% of the Republican major vote in Michigan as of Tuesday night time, far behind Trump’s roughly 67%.

Haley defined her loss by arguing Michigan voters don’t know her in addition to Trump.

“Donald Trump campaigned in Michigan for eight years. I campaigned for two days,” Haley stated from Utah, one of many Super Tuesday states the place she’s campaigning. “Our goal has been to try and reach as many people as we can, but we know he’s got the advantage in that.”

Haley’s allies appear to be dropping confidence in her bid. The Koch-backed political community Americans for Prosperity Action pulled its monetary backing of Haley after she misplaced the South Carolina major. One of Haley’s high surrogates, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, stated it is going to be laborious for Haley to proceed within the race if she doesn’t begin successful.

“I think if you don’t win anything on Super Tuesday, it might be tough going forward, obviously,” Sununu stated final week.