Nikki Haley Rises, But It’s Not Enough To Beat Trump

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Media outlets have begun speculating about Nikki Haley’s chances of beating Donald Trump to the Republican nomination, and most have concluded that he is now unstoppable. Haley has recently enjoyed expanded media coverage and won the backing of several prominent donors, but most analysts believe it will not be enough to close the gap on Trump, who is leading the field by double digits in almost all polls.

When South Carolina Senator Tim Scott left the White House race in November, several of his backers turned their attention toward the state’s former Governor, Nikki Haley. Her new supporters include billionaire LinkedIn co-founder and former Democrat donor Reid Hoffman, who gave $250,000. She has also won the support of JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, who stopped short of donating but has urged fellow business leaders to consider her as a better option than Donald Trump.

New Hampshire billionaire Frank Laukien, a previous donor to both major parties, has put his weight behind Haley and founded a super PAC to nudge independents in her direction. Americans for Prosperity Action, a super PAC, endorsed the Republican in early December, saying she is the best-placed GOP candidate to defeat President Biden.

Meanwhile, Floridian Governor Ron DeSantis has remained stagnant or lost support since his campaign launch. In some polls, Nikki Haley has overtaken him. The latest figures show Trump is still far out in front, a level playing field between Haley and DeSantis, and other candidates are drifting far behind with single digits.

A Morning Consult poll from December 15 to 17 placed Mr. Trump first at 66%, with Haley and DeSantis trailing at 11%. Vivek Ramaswamy has 6%, with Chris Christie down to just 3%. A survey by McLaughlin and Associates conducted over the same period also shows Trump in front at 61%, but on this occasion, Haley ranked ahead of DeSantis by 15% to 11%.

General election polling in early December shows President Trump extending his lead over President Biden.