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US election: Nikki Haley declares support for Trump

More than two months after halting her White House campaign, Haley continues to garner a significant portion of votes in presidential primary contests. (Photo credit: Getty images)

By: Vibhuti Pathak

Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor, announced on Wednesday that she will cast her vote for Donald Trump in the upcoming US election. Despite their contentious past, Haley emphasized the need for Trump to engage with her moderate supporters as he prepares to face President Joe Biden in November.

Haley, 52, ended her White House campaign in March following several defeats in primary contests. At an event hosted by the Hudson Institute, she highlighted the importance of Trump reaching out to her voter base. “Trump would be smart to reach out to the millions of people who voted for me, continue to support me and not assume that they’re just going to be with him. And I genuinely hope he does that,” she remarked.

Haley had previously criticized Trump, warning that his nomination could spell defeat for Republicans in the general election. Despite her harsh words and Trump’s disparaging comments towards her, Haley acknowledged the reality of choosing between Trump and Biden. “I prioritize a president who will support our allies and hold our enemies accountable, who will secure the border—no more excuses—a president who will support capitalism and freedom, and who understands the need for less debt, not more,” she stated. “Trump hasn’t been perfect on these policies. I’ve made that clear many, many times. But Biden has been a catastrophe. So I will be voting for Trump.”

During the primaries, the rivalry between Haley and Trump was marked by frequent clashes. Haley criticized Trump’s handling of international alliances and his numerous legal troubles. “It’s not normal to spend $50 million in campaign contributions on personal court cases,” she pointed out. “It’s not normal to threaten people who back your opponent, and it’s not normal to call on Russia to invade NATO countries.”

Haley’s announcement is a strategic advantage for Trump as he prepares for the Republican nominating convention in July. However, he still faces the challenge of appealing to Haley’s moderate supporters, a demographic crucial for success against Biden. The Biden campaign has already targeted this group, releasing ads aimed at suburban voters who supported Haley.

Haley’s influence persists in the primary contests, where she continues to receive a notable share of votes. This ongoing support indicates a significant segment of the Republican base remains hesitant to fully back Trump.

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