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 March 2, 2024

Lisa Murkowski endorses long-shot candidate Nikki Haley in the GOP presidential primary

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) has endorsed Nikki Haley for president despite the futility of the former South Carolina governor's campaign, Breitbart reported. Haley is getting obliterated by frontrunner former President Donald Trump in the 2024 presidential GOP primary.

A news release Friday announced Murkowski's intention to get behind Haley in the GOP primary. She is thought of as one of the more moderate Republicans in the Senate and was one of the Republicans who voted to impeach Trump.

"I’m proud to endorse Gov. Nikki Haley. America needs someone with the right values, vigor, and judgment to serve as our next President—and in this race, there is no one better than her," Murkowski claimed.

"Nikki will be a strong leader and uphold the ideals of the Republican Party while serving as a President for all Americans," she added. Murkowski is the first senator to endorse Haley, while Trump has gotten the nod from nearly 25.

A Campaign on Life Support

Haley thanked Murkowski for the endorsement as her campaign continues to falter. "I’m grateful to Sen. Murkowski for her support and leadership," the long-shot candidate said.

"Sen. Murkowski represents the best of Alaska—she is a trailblazer and a strong, independent voice who doesn’t bow down to the powers that be in Washington. As president, I will fight to make Alaskans—and all Americans—proud by restoring fiscal sanity, energy dominance, and limited government," Haley added.

Even with Murkowski's backing, Haley has no hope of becoming the GOP nominee if the primary elections continue to progress as they have been. Trump is leading her with 110 delegates to her 20, with a total of 145 assigned based on the results.

To put it in perspective, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who dropped out of the race after the first contest in Iowa, has only 11 fewer than Haley even as she continued her campaign. Trump has beaten her in every race, including her home state of South Carolina, CNN reported.

Even more humiliating than her 20-point loss to Trump in the Palmetto State is the fact that she lost to the choice of "none of these candidates" in Nevada. Haley has the distinction of being the only high-profile candidate to stay in the race through so many losses.

More Cash Won't Save Her

Amid these humiliating defeats, Haley is going back to the donor well to ask for more cash, NBC News reported. She successfully raised $12 million last month despite no clear path to victory off of donors who want someone other than Trump.

There are no Haley fans except the "never Trump" crowd blinded by their disdain for him. Of course, even her donors question whether she will stay in the race after Super Tuesday on March 5, but Haley has simply evaded the question so as not to turn off the donor spigot.

"When I go into a fundraiser, they don’t ask me, ‘What’s your strategy?’ They don’t ask me, ‘What’s your plan?" Haley claimed.

"All they say is, ‘Thank you for giving me hope.' No one has said what y’all ask, which is, ‘How long are you staying in?’ No one. What they are asking, what they do say is, ‘Keep fighting,'" she said.

Haley has stayed in the race a long time without so much as a hope or prayer for success. Still, she must have something up her sleeve to hang in so long, but only time will tell.

Written By:
Christine Favocci

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