Nikki Haley says win not necessary in South Carolina to continue in presidential race

Haley appeared on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ where she said winning in South Carolina was not important to stay in the race but showing her campaign’s momentum was.

Nikki Haley is determined to carry on in the presidential primary race even if she loses in South Carolina / (Instagram/@NikkiHaley)

Indian American Republican presidential primary candidate for 2024, Nikki Haley said she does not have to win in her home state of South Carolina to continue in the presidential primary race. She finished at number 3 in the Iowa caucuses and came second to Trump in New Hampshire’s first in the nation primary. 

In a recent appearance on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’, Haley was asked how important it was for her to win in her home state and get 50 delegates on to her side. The politico responded that showing momentum was important, a win— necessarily not. 
“What I do think I need to do is I need to show that I’m building momentum. I need to show that I’m stronger in South Carolina than New Hampshire,” Haley said.

“Does that have to be a win? I don’t think that necessarily has to be a win. But it certainly has to be better than what I did in New Hampshire and it certainly has to be close,” she explained.

America must decide their nominee: Haley 

In the interview Haley also described the Republican National Committee (RNC) as an unfair broker in the GOP primary elections for having considered naming Donald Trump as the “presumptive” nominee following his landslide victory in Iowa and New Hampshire.

The RNC scrapped their resolution to consider declaring Trump as the party’s “presumptive 2024 nominee” even before he formally gathered the required number of delegates.

The news of the withdrawal went public on January 25, shortly after Trump posted on Truth Social that the party must “for the sake of PARTY UNITY” not go forward with the announcement, and that he will “finish the process off AT THE BALLOT BOX,” according to a report. 

Haley, during her appearance on ‘Meet the Press’, was asked if the RNC had been an honest broker in the primary elections. “I mean, clearly not,” she replied, adding that “the American people want to have their say in who is going to be their nominee. We need to give them that.”

She blamed Trump for pushing the RNC to consider announcing his name as the presumed nominee. “I don’t think this is the place of the RNC to do it. I think that Trump overstepped when he pushed them to do it, and I think that’s why he’s had to back down, and that was the right thing to do was to back down,” she said. 

South Carolina will head to the ballot on February 24, 2024. There are 29 statewide delegates and 21 congressional district delegates (3 per district), overall 50.