Republicans Furious At Nikki Haley, Want Her Out Of Race Ahead Of South Carolina

By Victor Winston, updated on February 16, 2024

In an unexpected turn of political events, a recent poll sheds light on the current atmosphere within the Republican Party.

A significant majority of Republican voters are now convinced that Nikki Haley should exit the presidential race, showcasing an unwavering support base for former President Donald Trump.

This finding symbolizes the challenges Haley faces, who is known for her resilience as an "establishment candidate" but is visibly struggling compared to Trump's towering presence.

According to the Democracy Institute poll conducted for the Daily Express US, an overwhelming 67% of GOP members believe it's time for Nikki Haley to bow out from the 2024 presidential race. This sentiment gains momentum as Haley seems to be facing a likely defeat in South Carolina, a pivotal state where she once held the governor's office.

Her main rivals, including figures like Ron DeSantis and Vivek Ramaswamy, have already stepped down, succumbing to the dominant tide of support for Trump. Despite the setbacks, including a peculiar loss to "none of the above" during a Nevada poll, Haley persists with her campaign efforts.

Gap Between Trump and Haley: A Look at the Numbers

The survey examined the political preferences of 1,500 probable voters, with 525 identifying as Republicans. Remarkably, 75% supported Donald Trump, significantly outpacing Haley's modest 16%. This gap highlights the formidable challenge Haley confronts, given the Republican voters' strong preference for Trump.

Patrick Basham, director of the Democracy Institute, sharply criticizes Haley's ongoing campaign efforts. He points out the unlikely prospect of her winning the nomination against Trump's dominant popularity and hints that her campaign may be receiving support from Republican and Democratic donors who are against Trump.

We see that this isn't Nikki Haley's Republican Party, it is Donald Trump's Republican Party. She's there because the Never Trump donors on the Republican side and on the Democratic side are willing to give money because they still think this hurts Trump somehow, he will collapse and she will move in. But the fundamental problem for her is not only do most Republicans not want her, but most of her votes, let's say in New Hampshire, and most of her votes going forward are going to come in those states where Democrats and independents have a chance to cross over and vote in the Republican primary.

Haley's Uphill Battle in a Trump-Dominated Political Landscape

Critics argue that Haley's persistence, despite the clear indicators of a favored Trump nomination among GOP members, amounts to an unproductive use of resources. They allege that her campaign is not only a financial drain but also a futile endeavor in the current political climate, marked by Trump's dominating influence within the party.

The recent developments paint a complex picture of internal Republican dynamics, where loyalty and support for Trump seem to overshadow the considerations for diverse candidate options. Haley's stubborn campaign, fueled by a mix of Republican and Democratic anti-Trump sentiments, remains contentious.

Observers note the potential for legal challenges against Trump as a contributing factor to the perseverance of candidates like Haley. However, despite these hurdles, the unwavering support for Trump signifies a prevailing inclination within the GOP base that establishment efforts or legal skirmishes may not easily sway.


The Democracy Institute's survey clearly shows a strong preference for Donald Trump among Republican voters, putting Nikki Haley's campaign at a disadvantage. Despite facing significant challenges and criticism, Haley's determination to seek the nomination underscores the complexity of GOP politics, dominated by influential figures and Trump's lasting impact.

Haley's involvement in the 2024 race highlights the deep rifts and the significant role of personality politics in the Republican Party. With Trump's potential third candidacy becoming more likely, the party's internal dynamics and the attitudes of its voters are shifting, paving the way for a highly competitive election season.

About Victor Winston

Victor is a freelance writer and researcher who focuses on national politics, geopolitics, and economics.

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