Nikki Haley Says She’s “Just Getting Started”

( – With the recent departures of Vivek Ramaswamy, Chris Christie, and Ron DeSantis, only two candidates with a conceivable chance of winning remain in the race for the Republican presidential nomination — Donald Trump and Nikki Haley. Arguably, Haley remains in the race to solidify her ranking as the second-place winner since, outside of South Carolina, she barely appears in his rearview mirror in the current polls. However, coming over her roughly 11% loss to Trump in the New Hampshire primary, she says she is “just getting started.”

On January 23, Trump soundly defeated Haley by receiving roughly 55% of the vote to Haley’s 43%, although recent polling showed him holding a commanding 20% lead in the Granite State. During her concession speech, Haley said she was “just getting started.”

In fact, Haley said the primaries were “far from over” and referred to herself as a “fighter” and scrappy.” Securing nearly half the vote emboldened the former governor. Still, the New York Post reported that Trump doesn’t see her as a “threat.”

Additionally, the GOP hopeful pointed to some of Trump’s recent gaffes on the campaign trail, like claiming he beat Barack Obama in 2016. She also noted the former president’s recent claim that she withheld security measures during the January 6 riot at the nation’s capital, a clear reference to former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

Likewise, Haley tore into the former president while campaigning in New Hampshire, calling him a chronic loser who only brought “chaos” and “negativity” to the contest. She said you “can’t fix Joe Biden’s chaos with Republican chaos.”

Trump reacted strongly to Haley’s speech, asking if someone would tell her that she lost the race. He said, “She did very poorly, actually,” and mocked her for “still hanging around” while calling her names on his Truth Social site. The former president predicted that his winning streak would continue through the November presidential election.

The next caucus takes place in Nevada on February 8, followed by a February 24 primary in Haley’s home state of South Carolina. Despite her strong history there, FiveThirtyEight’s latest polling average shows her lagging behind the former president by about 37%. Nationally, the former president’s campaigning is building support, whereas Haley’s support has remained relatively constant.

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