Nikki Haley represents the last obstacle for Donald Trump after the withdrawal of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
Barring an exploit from Nikki Haley, Donald Trump's road to his official nomination as a candidate against Joe Biden in the presidential election could thus be completely clear.
< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">At 77, he is increasing attacks against his rival whom he appointed ambassador to the UN in 2017, but who he ruled out could be his running mate.
I know her very well. She's not tough enough. She's not smart enough. And she wasn't respected enough, he told supporters in New Hampshire's capital, Concord.
In return, Nikki Haley counterattacked after Donald Trump mistook her for a Democratic politician during a speech.
It's just not at the same level as it was in 2016. I think we can see some of that decline, she said on CBS, adding that the decline is still there. former president was a magnet attracting chaos.
But Nikki Haley won't have it easy, even helped by the high proportion of independents in New Hampshire – who are allowed to vote in both party primaries without being affiliated with them, and generally choose moderate candidates. .
After finishing second in Iowa, Ron DeSantis, with tough positions on immigration and abortion, was only credited with 6% by polls in New Hampshire. The governor of Florida has decided to hang up his gloves and support Mr. Trump.
Before the announcement of this withdrawal, Nikki Haley pointed for her part, 15 points behind Donald Trump in the RealClearPolitics and FiveThirtyEight poll averages, and the recent good momentum from which she has benefited seems to have waned.
But an unexpected performance on Tuesday could put her in a good position for the next election at the end of February, in her state of South Carolina, of which she was governor.
New Hampshire represents only 22 delegates, out of a total of 1,215 who will officially nominate the Republican candidate in July in Milwaukee.
But compared to more conservative states, New Hampshire gives a better indication of possible electoral success nationally, and sets the tone for upcoming elections.
Notably Super Tuesday, scheduled for March 5, where some 874 delegates are at stake and can allow a candidate to have three-quarters of the number needed to win the nomination.
Donald Trump's backers say he should be able to obtain this key number a week later, or in April at most .
The objective for the former president is to move quickly while the judicial clock is ticking: the March will mark the opening of two new criminal trials targeting him, including one for his attempts to invalidate the result of the 2020 election.
Donald Trump is also awaiting a decision from the Supreme Court, before which he challenged his ineligibility in the state of Colorado, and which must begin studying the case on February 8.