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Haley wins Vermont GOP primary, but path forward uncertain

With a win in Vermont, Haley notches a second primary win — but she is still trailing far behind Donald Trump's lead.
Nikki Haley with supporters in Vermont on March 3
Posted at 6:33 PM, Mar 05, 2024

Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley walked away from Super Tuesday with one victory. 

She clinched the Republican primary in Vermont, giving her a 17 delegate boost, well behind former President Donald Trump. 

Despite losing almost every contest, Haley did not concede Tuesday night. 

"In state after state, there remains a large block of Republican primary voters who are expressing deep concerns about Donald Trump. That is not the unity our party needs for success. Addressing those voters’ concerns will make the Republican Party and America better," said Haley's national campaign spokesperson Olivia Perez-Cubas.

Prior to Tuesday, Haley had only secured a primary win in the Washington, D.C., Republican contest on March 3.

Haley has not recently commented on long-term plans for her campaign. She previously said she planned to stay in the race at least through Tuesday's contests and told reporters she will evaluate where she stands once Super Tuesday's results are in.

Haley did not have any events scheduled for Tuesday, choosing instead to watch results from Charleston, South Carolina. 

Haley's campaign also has no future campaign events scheduled.

To win the party's nomination, a Republican candidate must secure 1,215 delegates in primary races. Decision Desk HQ projects Trump now has at least 951, while Haley has secured just 80 so far.

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Haley's message about being the next generation leader in the Republican Party has failed to resonate with most voters. 

“We need a young, new generational leader that can go and put in eight years of day-and-night work and get solutions done for the American people," Haley said. "No drama, no vendettas. Just results for the American people.”

In a Feb. 29 interview with Scripps News, Haley also took issue with Trump's policies.

"The Republican Party used to be the party of fiscal discipline," she said. "We used to be the party of smaller government. The problem is under Donald Trump, he changed all that he put us $8 trillion in debt in just four years, more than any other president."