Koch-backed group ceases spending on Nikki Haley's presidential campaign

Nikki Haley at her watch party during the South Carolina Republican presidential primary election in Charleston, S.C., on Feb. 24, 2024. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)
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Americans for Prosperity Action, the conservative grassroots organization founded by billionaire Charles Koch, is ceasing all spending in support of Nikki Haley’s 2024 presidential campaign.

The group’s CEO, Emily Seidel, told staff in an email on Sunday obtained by USA TODAY that its political arm, AFP Action, was refocusing its spending efforts on House and Senate races in light of Haley’s double-digit loss to former President Donald Trump in the South Carolina primary on Saturday.

"Nikki Haley has shown us again and again that we made the right decision in supporting her candidacy," Seidel wrote. "But given the challenges in the primary states ahead, we don’t believe any outside group can make a material difference to widen her path to victory. And so while we will continue to endorse her, we will focus our resources where we can make the difference."

It is the latest sign that Haley’s bid for the 2024 GOP nomination is suffering. She has lost every state so far in the race, including contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. Despite the defeats, Haley has said she will remain in the race at least until Super Tuesday on March 5, when voters in 15 states and one territory head to the polls.

Haley-aligned Super PAC SFA Fund Inc. confirmed on Sunday that it is still spending in support of Haley, including a $500,000 ad buy in Michigan ahead of the state's Tuesday primary.

"Nikki Haley is a new generational leader and the only candidate in the race who can bring Americans together and defeat Joe Biden," the group's spokesperson, Preya Samsundar said in a statement. "SFA Fund, Inc. will continue its efforts to support Nikki Haley's efforts to win the nomination."

Haley’s campaign amassed more than $1 million in grassroots donations in less than 24 hours after the South Carolina primary. Her campaign spokesperson, Olivia Perez-Cubas, called AFP a "great organization and ally in the fight for freedom and conservative government," and thanked them for their support in a statement.

The move by AFP Action was first reported by Politico.

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Contributing: Francesca Chambers, USA TODAY

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