Trump defeated Nikki Haley in the New Hampshire primary and consolidates his leadership in the Republican Party

Donald Trump defeated Nikki Haley in the Republican primary in New Hampshire. (EFE/MICHAEL REYNOLDS)

The ex-president donald trump was imposed this Tuesday in the republican primaries of N.H.consolidating his leadership in the race for his party’s nomination and moving closer to a possible contest with the president Joe Biden at the end of the year, according to the chains’ projections Fox News, ABC News and NBC News.

His main rival, the former US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, suffered a tough defeat in the state, where he had bet heavily on his campaign. Haley was left as the only weight contender after the retirement of the governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, over the weekend, and tried to present himself as a moderate and innovative alternative to Trump. However, his attacks on the former president, whom he accused of having mental deterioration, did not convince voters.

With 92% of the votes counted, Trump achieved a lead of 54.6% against him 43.1% from Haley, who has already clarified that he will not abandon the competition if the trend is confirmed and the magnate surpasses it widely.

Trump adds 163,354 votes in front of the 129,082 from Haley, according to official data released by local media.

For Haley, Trump’s victory would benefit both the current president, Democrat Joe Biden, and the vice president, Kamala Harris. (REUTERS/Faith Ninivaggi)

After knowing the results, the former governor of South Carolina He congratulated Trump on his victory, but did not consider his own electoral race over.

“New Hampshire is the first (primary) in the nation, but not the last,” he said in a speech given shortly after the country’s main networks declared his only rival in that race the winner.

The Republican race is far from over”, he expressed.

For Haley, Trump’s victory would benefit both the current president, the Democrat Joe Biden, like the vice presidentKamala Harris.

“The Republicans have lost almost every election with Donald Trump. We lost the Senate. We lost the House of Representatives. We lost the White House. We lost in 2018, in 2020 and in 2022. The worst kept secret in politics is how badly Democrats want to run against Trump. “They know that he is the only Republican in the country that Biden can defeat,” Haley said.

Trump waves before a pre-election event (REUTERS/Mike Segar)

To the campaign headquarters dozens of Trump supporters, donors and Republican legislators attended, including the congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene and the former candidate for governor of Arizona Kari Lake.

The controversial former congressman George Santoswho was expelled from the House of Representatives for having pocketed money from his electoral campaign, he also appeared at the campaign command.

“I like Hayley, I have nothing against her, but she is not going to win,” Santos told reporters at the entrance to the event hall of the Sheraton Hotel.

The New Hampshire primaries are the first proper primaries of this electoral cycle in the United States, which began last week for the Republican Party with the Iowa caucuses.

In Iowa, Trump came first with 51% of the vote, followed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (21.2%), former South Carolina Governor and former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley (19.1% ) and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy (7.7%).

By the way, both DeSantis and Ramaswamy dropped out of the primaries and endorsed Trumpso the former president and Haley were left alone in the race.

At stake in the New Hampshire Republican primary is only 11 delegates of the 2,429 that will be cited in the Republican National Convention who will nominate the winning candidate in mid-July in Milwaukee.

Nikki Haley visited a voting center before the elections (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

New Hampshire election law also states that theirs must always be the first in the country in each election cycle.

On this occasion, the Democrats have wanted to change their primary calendar to downplay New Hampshire, where the now president, Joe Biden, came in fifth place four years ago.

However, the state has also called the election, in which Biden does not participate, does not have the recognition of the party and in which delegates will not be distributed.

(With information from EFE, AFP and The Associated Press)

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