Nikki Haley to Release Delegates Before RNC for Trump

Nikki Haley to Release Delegates Before RNC for Trump

Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley announced Tuesday that she will allow delegates from 11 states and the District of Columbia to attend the Republican National Convention and urge them to support her former rival and boss, Donald Trump.

“The nominating convention is a time for Republican unity. Joe Biden is not fit to serve a second term, and Kamala Harris would be a disaster for America,” Haley said. “We need a president who will hold our enemies accountable, secure our border, reduce our debt, and get our economy back on track. I encourage my delegates to support Donald Trump next week in Milwaukee.”

Less than a week before the convention begins, the RNC decided to fire 97 delegates, first reported by Politico, following Haley’s comments that she would support Trump following a decidedly unfavorable presidential primary between the two.

Asked if Haley was attending the convention, Haley’s spokesperson, Chaney Denton, said Haley “was not invited and she’s fine with that. Trump deserves the convention he wants. She’s made it clear she’s voting for him and wishes him the best.”

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Haley initially ran to be the 2024 Republican candidate against Trump before dropping out of the race in March after performing better than expected and becoming the last remaining contender standing in the way of the GOP frontrunner and presumptive nominee.

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How well did Haley do?

The former South Carolina governor won the District of Columbia’s Republican primary on March 3, marking her first victory over Trump. Two days later, on Super Tuesday, Haley did it again, winning Vermont and its nine delegates, beating Trump by just over 3,000 votes and becoming the first woman to win a Republican primary in the state.

Haley defeated other candidates in the primary, including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, Vivek Ramaswamy and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Is Haley a vice presidential candidate?

The former president has not yet announced a vice presidential candidate for November’s election, but he confirmed that Nikki Haley will not run. Trump wrote, “Nikki Haley is not in consideration for VP, but good luck to her!” on the social media platform Truth Social.

Though she did not initially support Trump, she said she would vote for him over President Joe Biden.

“Trump wasn’t perfect on the policy front. I’ve made that clear many, many times,” she said. “But Biden was a disaster. So I’m voting for Trump.”

Victor Hagan is an Alabama Election Reporting Fellow at USA TODAY Network. He can be reached at [email protected] or X @TheVictorHagan. To support his work, subscribe to the Advertiser.

David Jackson assisted in the preparation of this article.