Haley Vows To Remain In Race After Trump Wins In South Carolina

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Nikki Haley faced a significant defeat in the GOP primary against Donald Trump, who secured his fifth consecutive win, positioning himself strongly for the presidential nomination.

Despite the loss, Haley remains determined to continue her presidential campaign, emphasizing the desire for an alternative to both Trump and Biden among Republican voters.

“I said earlier this week that no matter what happens in South Carolina, I would continue to run… I’m a woman of my word. I’m not giving up this fight when a majority of Americans disapprove of both Donald Trump and Joe Biden,” she said.

“40% is not some tiny group,” Haley continued. “There are huge numbers of voters in our Republican primary [who said] they want an alternative…I said earlier this week that no matter what happens in South Carolina, I would continue to run for president. I’m a woman of my word.”

Trump, on the other hand, downplayed Haley’s presence in the race, focusing on his goal of defeating Biden in the upcoming election.

Trump’s victory in the primary earned him 44 delegates for the RNC’s nominating convention.

“One of them calls his fellow Americans fascists. The other calls his fellow Americans vermin,” Haley said. “They aren’t fighting for our country’s future. They’re demanding we fight each other.”

Trump responded, “I was honored that I received the largest vote in the history of the state — I’m with Senator Lindsey Graham right now, and he just told me we received the largest vote by double — we beat the last record.”

“So that’s a great compliment to all of the people and to making America great again.”

“I’m really thinking about we have to beat Joe Biden,” Trump said. “I don’t know if she’s in the race at all because, you know, I have set records in every single state. I’m not sure that she’s really in the race.”