After furious disputes in the Republican primaries, former candidate Nikki Haley announces that she will vote for Donald Trump

After confronting each other and making cross accusations at the beginning of the campaign for the White House, the former governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley announced that will vote for Donald Trump in the general election in the United States, and encouraged the virtual Republican presidential candidate to work hard to gain the support of those who supported her in the primary elections.

“I will vote for Trump,” Haley, the former US ambassador to the UN, said at an event at the Hudson Institute in Washington on Wednesday afternoon.

The figure who at one point seemed to threaten the former president’s chances of returning to the White House argued that although Trump is not “perfect”, the policies of the current president, Democrat Joe Biden, have been “a catastrophe“.

“I put my priorities on a president who is going to have to stand by our allies and hold our enemies accountable. On someone who will secure the border without any more excuses. On a president who supports capitalism or freedom, who understands that we need less debt, not more,” said Haley, 52.

Nikki Haley, then US ambassador to the United Nations, in the White House with Donald Trump, when he governed in 2018. Photo: AFP

From fight to support

But she also made it clear that she thinks the former president must work to win over voters who supported her during the primary election campaign and who voted for her in successive Republican Party elections in different states.

“Having said that, I stand by what I said in my withdrawal speech,” Haley added. “Trump will do well to reach out to the millions of people who voted for me and continue to support me, and not assume that they will simply go with him. And I genuinely hope he does.”

Haley abandoned her bid for the Republican nomination two months ago, but did not immediately endorse Trump. Both criticized each other harshly during the primary election.

The then candidate had obtained only two victories in the conservative primaries held until the beginning of March: in the District of Columbia, to which Washington DC belongs, and in Vermont. The former governor had obtained only 43 of the Republican delegates, while the former president had won 764 up to that point.

Nikki Haley at a campaign event in February, weeks before dropping out of the Republican primary. Photo. AFP

Haley was the last of a dozen major candidates to drop out of a race in which former President Trump (2017-2021) was the favorite from the beginning. Now the magnate will have to face Biden at the polls, who is relying on good economic forecasts in the US to achieve his re-election. Polls show them almost tied and uncertainty grows in the country as the November 4 elections approach.

More delegates

President Biden and his Republican rival, Donald Trump, added more delegates this Tuesday, after winning their respective primaries in Kentucky and Oregon.

The decisions, while symbolic, provide a few more delegates to the national conventions and offer a review of where the Democratic and Republican bases stand toward their standard-bearers as the presidential season draws to a close.

Even after they secured their nominations and their rivals dropped out of the race, Biden and Trump have continued to clash dissent within their own parties.

The current president has dealt with protest votes over his handling of the war between Israel and Hamas, while Trump remains in the crosshairs of his domestic adversaries as he faces a number of lawsuits.

Eight presidential nomination races remain: Democratic primaries in Idaho, the District of Columbia, Guam and the Virgin Islands, and bipartisan primaries in Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota.

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