Former President Donald Trump won the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary over former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R), his second consecutive victory toward the Republican nomination. With the exit of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) from the race earlier this week, Trump appears to be consolidating support around his candidacy.
Trump followed his significant victory in Iowa over Haley and DeSantis with a similar victory in New Hampshire. With part of the vote counted Tuesday night, Trump held an almost 10% lead over Haley. Haley received a significantly higher share of the vote than the 19% she received in Iowa last week.
Trump’s campaign held a number of aggressive campaign events, including with support from Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) and former GOP candidate Vivek Ramaswamy.
Haley had the support of New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R). In her concession speech, Haley congratulated Trump and said that she would stay in the race. She sounded a hopeful note about the upcoming South Carolina primary and said that she leads President Joe Biden in a number of polls.
The former South Carolina governor received considerable support from the state’s Republican voters, as well as some Democrats and political independents. Trump criticized Haley as relying on Democrats to hold her campaign anywhere close to his.
The former president’s victory was celebrated by surrogates, including Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), one of his staunchest supporters. Stefanik wrote that Trump had won a “monumental victory in the New Hampshire Primary” and that he made history as the “first GOP challenger candidate to win both Iowa and New Hampshire!”
My full statement on President Trump's Historic New Hampshire Primary Victory: pic.twitter.com/72UqNQ8nQW
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) January 24, 2024
She thanked New Hampshire voters for their “incredible support for President Trump.” Stefanik wrote that she “saw firsthand the energy and momentum behind President Trump’s campaign to Save America. President Trump has the most enthusiastic supporters and volunteers of any campaign in U.S. history.”
The New York Republican added that voters Tuesday “overwhelmingly rejected Nikki Haley and her Extreme Democrat and Never Trump donors.”