After Super Tuesday, Nikki Haley calls it quits

March 6 – Former Governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley has stepped out of the running for the Republican nomination for president in the November election. 

She lost every state but Vermont to former president Donald Trump in the primary elections. 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “She was very cagey going into yesterday to not say if she would drop out but no surprise. I thought the telling sign was that she did not make an appearance last night and she cleared her schedule indefinitely last night, which was clearly the sign that she was going to get out. She did rack up more delegates yesterday. So she will have a position at the convention in Milwaukee this summer. Still not clear what she does. She was pressed on the Sunday shows if she would honor the pledge she had made during debate season that she would support and endorse the Republican nominee. She walked that back some on Sunday. She would not commit to endorsing Donald Trump.”

While Haley did get wiped out, she also got a significant portion of the Republican vote. 

Barkdoll said, “Including in close primary states and even yesterday, some swing type states, she got about a quarter of the vote in North Carolina. She got 35% in Virginia. She got about 30% in Minnesota. Trump needs those voters and if you look at the exit polls, a lot of those Haley voters said under no circumstances would they vote for Donald Trump in the fall. So the party needs to figure out a way to bring those people into the fold because they’re not going to win the election unless they can peel off a lot of those voters.”

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “Well I mean, given the idea of you have a guy who yesterday says, let’s see, I have a lot of questions. I better not start the questions. I’ll get in trouble. Mumbling bumbling, empty head president that we have right now who really doesn’t belong anywhere near any levers of power, but given the choice, what are you going to do? You’re really going to tell me that either you’re going to sit at home and throw the country away to another four of Biden? Or you’re going to all right, hold your nose if that’s what it takes here. If that’s the choice and that’s the one you’re going to make, you’ve got to be kidding me.” 

Barkdoll suggested, “I don’t see them ever voting for Biden, either, and a lot of them would admit that as well. The fear is that they sit home, they just sit on the sidelines. They vote for no one. That spells trouble. But there’s a lot of time. We’ve seen this movie before over the years where you’ll have these very divisive primary campaigns, lots of personal attacks, and then by the fall, things have a way of coming back together. Now whether that happens this time remains to be seen but they have a good bit of time here to try to figure this out.”

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM added, “Michigan, of course with the vote for nobody, meaning none of the above, and that’s that whole campaign that’s being driven by pro Palestinian activists to quote unquote, send a message to Biden and the Democrats. That’s worrisome to me when you have activism that extreme that’s able to control that many votes, it’s worrisome that the Democrats will keep falling farther into their left extremist progressive positions. It’ll be very interesting to see how he handles the State of the Union in terms of that. Is he going to try to make everybody happy? That would be very disturbing to see because I don’t like the fact that sort of activist mob rule is starting to take control. To me the big question for the voters, Republican voters in particular, do you want four more years of reality of disaster because you’re so afraid of the I think fairly transparent narrative of disaster? Yeah, all Republicans are voting for their race. That’s what’s being sold on the other side. Is that the kind of narrative that should win? Or you do not see the policies of the Democrats that are so anti democratic, dare I say it, or leading us down economic disaster and giving over to world powers? It’s disturbing to me to think that voters don’t see the reality of where we are.”

Ryan said, “We’ve got a long way to go before November. You can be all divisive that you want the day after your guy or gal didn’t win, but in reality, November’s the telltale sign here.”

Barkdoll noted, “I’m still not 100% convinced that Biden runs for president in November. Yes, he’s going to have the delegates. Yes, he can officially be the nominee. But when the Democrats get to Chicago this summer, is there an effort to push him aside? I mean, every poll that comes out his approval rating, just keeps sinking. All these battleground state polls now show him behind Trump and I just can’t imagine the delegates at the convention are going to continue endorsing that. But again, the counter is just the inertia of the system. These parties seem to be unable to shake even who are very unpopular candidates and clearly that’s where the train is headed right now as we get into March.”