NEWS13 EXCLUSIVE: Haley looking for ‘competitive’ showing in South Carolina GOP primary

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LEXINGTON, S.C. (WBTW) — As Nikki Haley continues her statewide bus tour ahead of the Feb. 24 GOP primary, she’s fending off calls from many Republican leaders to drop out of the race — leaving Donald Trump with a clear path to the nomination.

But Haley insists she isn’t going anywhere. And in an exclusive interview with News13’s Bob Juback in Lexington, she said even a loss in her home state won’t spell the end of her White House bid.

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“I think we have to be competitive. You know, we started with 2 percent … We went to New Hampshire, we got 43 percent of the vote that’s 43 percent that Trump as an Republican incumbent didn’t get here in South Carolina. We want to be competitive again, as we go into Michigan and Super Tuesday. The goal is just to keep closing that gap,” Haley said.

Haley made a similar vow at Coastal Carolina University on Jan. 28 during a campaign rally.

As of Saturday, Trump holds nearly a 32-point lead over Haley among likely GOP primary voters — 62.5 percent to 30.6 percent.

She also said losing endorsements from Gov. Henry McMaster — her former lieutenant governor — and U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, among other prominent South Carolna names, doesn’t bother her.
“I have fought the political elite my entire career. I don’t want their endorsements. It’s the people of this great state that I want to get their endorsement,” Haley said.

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Adam Benson joined the News13 digital team in January 2024. He is a veteran South Carolina reporter with previous stops at the Greenwood Index-Journal, Post & Courier and The Sun News in Myrtle Beach. Adam is a Boston native and University of Utah graduate. Follow Adam on X, formerly Twitter, at @AdamNewshound12. See more of his work here.

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