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 January 20, 2024

Nikki Haley says she doesn't want Chris Christie's endorsement

Republican presidential primary candidate Nikki Haley recently made it clear in an interview on NewsNation's "On Balance with Leland Vittert" that she is not seeking the endorsement of her former fellow candidate Chris Christie.

Responding to a direct question about whether she desired Christie's endorsement, Haley replied with a resounding no.

Christie's campaign

This clear statement underscores her independence and suggests that she believes her campaign does not hinge on political endorsements. The context of Christie's recent exit from the GOP presidential primary race adds weight to Haley's stance.

Christie officially withdrew just over a week ago, mere days before the Iowa caucuses. During a town hall in Windham, N.H., he candidly admitted that he saw no viable path to winning the nomination, prompting his decision to exit the race.

This development raises questions about the impact of Christie's endorsement and whether it holds any strategic value in the current political landscape.

The comments

Christie's candid comments about Haley's candidacy, captured on a hot mic prior to his withdrawal, further complicate the dynamics between the two former contenders.

He expressed skepticism about Haley's chances in the race against her former boss, former President Trump. Christie highlighted the significant financial investments made by the candidates, including Haley's substantial spending of $68 million on TV ads.

He suggested that the return on investment for Haley was not favorable compared to the expenditures made by himself and DeSantis. This criticism adds an intriguing layer to the evolving dynamics within the Republican primary.

Trump reacts

Former President Trump, in a post on his social media platform, endorsed Christie's assessment, describing it as a "very truthful statement."

The endorsement, even in the form of acknowledging the truthfulness of Christie's words, serves as a nod from Trump to the narrative surrounding the effectiveness of campaign spending and the perceived weaknesses of his former colleague Haley.

Examining the polling landscape, the Decision Desk HQ/The Hill's GOP New Hampshire primary poll average indicates that Trump maintains a significant lead over Haley, with a 10.6-point advantage (45.6 percent to 35 percent).

In contrast, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis trails behind Haley in the average, polling at 5.8 percent. These numbers provide a snapshot of the current standings and suggest that Haley faces a challenging path to secure the nomination.

In the aftermath of the Iowa caucuses, as projected by Decision Desk HQ, Haley finds herself in a third-place position, trailing behind Trump and DeSantis. This recent outcome reinforces the complexities of the primary race and the competition between candidates vying for the Republican nomination.

Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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