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Donald Trump is widely favored in New Hampshire, ahead of Nikki Haley, his last rival to represent the Republicans in the November 2024 elections. (Archive photo)

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The arch-favorite of the Republican primaries, Donald Trump, faces his former ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, in New Hampshire on Tuesday, with the hope of a new victory without appeal which would make his nomination for the presidential election inevitable.

I don't care if she remains in the race after a possible defeat in this state in the northeast of the country, assured the ex-president during a stop near an office of vote in Londonderry. Credited with nearly 20 points ahead of Nikki Haley for this second primary, he already won hands down on January 15 in Iowa.

Tuesday, get out of bed and go vote!, urged the ex-president Monday evening during a campaign rally in Laconia, a municipality of about 17,000 people in New Hampshire. We have to go there because we have to win by a large margin, he added.

Now there are only two of us left and I think one of them will probably not be here tomorrow, he predicted, to a small, noisy crowd, saying that the time has come. coming to rally for the Republican Party.

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Donald Trump was warmly welcomed by many New Hampshire supporters, posters in hand, to show their support for the former US president.

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But Nikki Haley rejects pressure to fall in line. In America, we have elections, not coronations, she proclaims, appealing to voters' spirit of independence from political elites.

It has always been a marathon and never a sprint, she assured Tuesday in the town of Hampton, saying she was confident in a good result in New Hampshire which would allow her to stay in the race for the primary in her state of Carolina South in a month and until Super Tuesday in March.

The rallying of Donald Trump this weekend by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, once considered his main Republican rival, brought back the trio of head into a duel. But the battle is very unequal.

If the ex-president, supported by a solid base of fervent supporters, repeats in New Hampshire his performance in Iowa, where he defeated Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley, it would be extremely difficult for the former president. former governor of South Carolina to get over it.

Donald Trump's road to his official nomination as Republican candidate for the November presidential election could then be completely clear. All the candidates who won the Republican primaries in these first two states have always obtained the nomination.

Opposite, he should meet outgoing President Joe Biden for a rematch of the 2020 election. A Democratic primary is also being held on Tuesday in New Hampshire, but without a ballot in his name due to a disagreement with the local branch of the party on the electoral calendar.

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Some Democrats campaigned to encourage voters to write Joe Biden's name on primary ballots in New Hampshire. (File photo)

Joe Biden will be campaigning in Virginia the same day, with his vice-president Kamala Harris, on the theme of the right to abortion, threatened or already largely banned in states led by Republicans.

Patricia Ferrante, a 68-year-old retiree from Hudson, predicts a big victory Tuesday night for Mr. Trump.

Ms. Haley seems to be on the side of people who have money, people who look down on others, the retiree told AFP. Conversely, Donald Trump, despite being a billionaire, stands alongside us, the workers, she believes.

Nikki Haley, 52, accuses her former boss of causing chaos, a probable allusion to multiple lawsuits, notably for illicit attempts to invalidate the results of the 2020 election, which will mean he will have to share his next few months between electoral rallies and courts.

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Despite the pressure, Nikki Haley believes she can achieve a strong result in New Hampshire, which would make it less clear whether Trump will become the Republican presidential nominee.

Donald Trump has shown that he is good at breaking things. But we need someone who can also fix things, she said Tuesday, adding: We have a lot to fix in the country and in the world.

In recent days, Nikki Haley has also questioned her declining cognitive abilities after comments in which he seemed to confuse her with the former Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">A shame for Donald Trump who makes fun of Joe Biden, his age (81) and his blunders, even imitating his sometimes hesitant approach during his rallies.

New Hampshire only represents 22 delegates, out of the 1,215 needed to be officially named the Republican candidate.

But compared to more conservative states, it gives a better indication of possible national electoral success and subsequent primaries. Independent voters are authorized to vote in the primaries of both parties, Republican and Democratic, without being affiliated with them.

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