Former President Donald Trump gives his remarks after winning the New Hampshire GOP Primary last Tuesday.
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Even if you don’t follow politics or current events, it is likely not news to you that Former President Donald Trump is running for President of the United States again. After supposedly losing the election in 2020 to the current President Joe Biden, Trump is back in the saddle and gunning for the White House for a third time. While Donald Trump is essentially the unofficial leader of the Republican Party, as well as \serving as the President before, his potential nomination to be on the Republican ticket in November cannot be gifted to him. It cannot be a coronation. His run must follow the tradition and process of any other primary in American history. With that being said, it is important to note that President Trump was always expected to be the nominee without much of a fight, despite the hundreds of millions of dollars that have been spent in this primary process to dethrone the former President as the presumptive nominee.
On January 15th, following former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s withdrawal from the Republican Primary, 4 candidates remained in the race on Caucus day in Iowa, Vivek Ramaswamy, Ron DeSantis, Nikki Haley, and Donald Trump. By the end of the night, Donald Trump was deemed the winner, claiming 51% of the vote followed by DeSantis, Haley, and Ramaswamy’s 21%,19%, and 8% respectively. Following the Caucus, Vivek dropped out and endorsed Trump, the following Sunday Florida Governor Ron DeSantis followed suit and also endorsed the former President.
After roughly 30 million dollars spent by the Ramaswamy campaign, and upwards of 50 million spent by DeSantis’ campaign, both walked away empty handed and left Haley as the lone challenger to Donald Trump. Haley finished in third place in Iowa, and it was believed by many that she stood a chance due to New Hampshire not being a favorable state toward Donald Trump. The state’s primary rules allowed undeclared voters to vote in the GOP primary, the Democratic National Committee is currently feuding with New Hampshire over the primary schedule, about democratic voters registering as undeclared to be able to vote in the GOP primary, Through all of this, Donald Trump ended up winning the state of New Hampshire by 11 percentage points (54% to 43%).
While that may have been a lot of information to digest, it is important to understand that even in a state that Nikki Haley was expected to do well in, she could not win. All of this to say, this race is likely over, and Nikki Haley needs to recognize that. In total, it is estimated that Republican Presidential Candidates (including Donald Trump) have spent over 300 million dollars this primary cycle, for what? Donald Trump will be the Presidential nominee for the Republican Party in November, and any challenger should stop wasting their time, money, and effort trying to win the primary when there’s an even more important race in November.
Overall, many Republicans, despite their initial disdain for Donald Trump have allowed the primary process to play out and seen that Trump still holds great power, influence, and popularity within the party. These republicans have since endorsed him and called for the primary to be over, including prominent figures from Nikki Haley’s own state. South Carolina Senator Tim Scott and Governor Henry McMaster have both endorsed Trump, as well as the aforementioned Ron DeSantis and Vivek Ramaswamy. The Republican Party is a diverse party with many different philosophies and viewpoints, however, it is clear that Nikki Haley’s old fashioned neo-conservative approach is not popular within the party anymore.
Coming up, the Nevada Republican Primary takes place on the 8th of February followed by the South Carolina Primary on the 24th. Haley is not appearing on the ballot in Nevada, and she is expected to struggle in South Carolina, her home state, which does not bode well for her political future. Haley is somewhat of an irrelevant figure in the grand scheme of things, but she has really aligned herself with the “Never-Trump” side of the party, and Donald Trump is likely not going to forget the time and money wasted on this primary process because of her when it is time to hand out Cabinet positions. Already, as it stands, Donald Trump has vowed not to accept money from Haley mega-donors when it comes time for the general election, even though I am sure that money would be very helpful, Trump is drawing a line in the sand. That promise alone seems to suggest that Haley is not under consideration for the Vice President job, despite her “appeal” to women and moderate voters, which does not seem to be the case anyway, based on her performance in the primaries.
This primary is over and it is time for the Republican Party to unite behind Donald Trump, focusing all time, money, and effort to defeat Joe Biden in November.