Nikki Haley is not faring well on the primary circuit, but she’s not giving up either

February 26 – Nikki Haley did not perform very well in the South Carolina GOP primary – she lost by 20 points and that was her home state. 

In addition, Americans for Prosperity, a group funded with money from the Koch brothers have pulled cash from Haley’s campaign and Michigan’s primary is tomorrow. 

Despite the slipping, Haley is not giving up on her run for president. 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll suggested, “That has to be embarrassing. She was at around 40%. Next week is Super Tuesday. There’s no real path for her electorally. I mean, there’s no state that shows her ahead in the polls. I still think her strategy is if she can keep racking up delegates and she did get a few more delegates in South Carolina Saturday, could she be the last person standing if one of these criminal cases would take Trump out? But the Koch brothers cutting off the money supply is a huge problem for her because her viability, she could keep campaigning as long as money was coming in. Well, that’s a big source that now has been cut off.” 

Haley released her schedule last night and she has 10 fundraising events coming up. 

Barkdoll said, “But you wonder after next week, might that be when she bows out of the race?”

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM wondered, “Did Donald Trump hit any third rails, did he bloviate as only Donald Trump could? Or was he alright, let’s just move on. Is he just kind of dismissing Haley at this point? Wisely, he should.”

Barkdoll confirmed, “He is not addressing her at all. So at his victory party Saturday night, he didn’t mention her. It had been reported going into Saturday that that was going to be a campaign strategy – give her no more attention. He had Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham there with him and some other South Carolina political figures. But they were completely focused on the general election now and I think that’s all you’re going to see from him going forward.” 

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “Lindsey Graham didn’t get quite the warmest of receptions, but I think it’s deserved. He has not stood up for a lot of conservative values completely. He gets great credit for what he helped with judicial candidates, things like that. But that doesn’t mean everything he’s supported is seen by more conservative Republicans as being what they want. It is understandable that there would be some mixed feelings when it comes to him.”

Barkdoll said, “He was practically booed off the stage Saturday by his home crowd. Trump even had to kind of temper it to the audience. Tim Scott is the guy to watch. As I’ve said, for the last few months, if I had to place a bet right now, I have a feeling Scott may be the front runner for Trump’s vice presidential pick. He checks a lot of boxes. He’s well liked in a lot of different circles, and I think he would bring a lot to the ticket. It really does seem like he and Trump are getting more and more friendly as the campaign goes on. Scott has been showing up in other locations around the country as a surrogate for Trump and he’s been getting a very good reception everywhere he goes.” 

Ryan said, “It’s not going to be Ramaswamy and Carson is being floated out there. But that guy’s got no energy. A very, very wise man. But I don’t see the kind of energy of Carson that I do see out of Scott.” 

Barkdoll said, “It’s not going to be Kristi Noem. She was at CPAC this weekend. It’s also not going to be Ron DeSantis or Byron Donalds. It’s funny, I keep seeing their names in these reports as being on the shortlist. Trump can’t pick a vice presidential candidate from his same state. The Electoral College rules prevent it. So even if he wanted DeSantis or Byron Donalds, he legally can’t do it because they can’t be from the same state when they get to the electoral college.”