Nikki Haley to ‘suspend’ presidential campaign following Super Tuesday losses

Nikki Haley to ‘suspend’ presidential campaign following Super Tuesday losses

Unopposed GOP candidate Donald Trump to possibly secure a rematch with President Joe Biden in November

Ex-US President Donald Trump talks with former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley in the Oval Office of the White House on October 9, 2018. —Reuters

Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, following Super Tuesday losses, is reportedly set to suspend her presidential campaign, leaving former president Donald Trump unopposed in the Republican race, possibly securing his rematch with President Joe Biden in November.

According to ABC News, Haley, while not immediately endorsing Trump, is expected to address the press in Charleston, South Carolina. Having launched her bid early, she became the last candidate to exit the race after over a year of campaigning.

Haley’s campaign concentrated on a message of ushering in a “new generational leader” and challenging the political norms of the 20th century. Despite her political experience and name recognition, she started as a relatively dark horse, gradually becoming Trump’s top contender.

As the race capped down to just Haley and Trump, she encountered setbacks in New Hampshire and her home state of South Carolina. Despite winning Washington, DC’s primary shortly before Super Tuesday, it proved inadequate.

In a bid to distinguish herself from Trump’s vision for the Republican Party, Haley honed her attacks, expressing worries about Trump’s commitment to the Constitution and dubbing his likely nomination as “suicide for our country.”

While Haley continued to attract sizable crowds, rumours of a third-party bid were repeatedly rejected. In her address before South Carolina’s primary, she clarified her purpose was not solely to oppose Trump but to voice concerns about both former and current presidents.

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