Trump, Haley campaign across New Hampshire day before pivotal vote

The 2 candidates have upped their attacks against each other in recent days, with former president accusing his former UN ambassador of being ‘candidate of globalists and Democrats’

This combination of pictures created on January 21, 2024 shows former US President Donald Trump (L) arriving at the New York State Supreme Court during the civil fraud trial against the Trump Organization, in New York City on December 7, 2023; and Republican presidential hopeful and former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley speaking during a campaign event at the Olympic Theatre in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on January 11, 2024. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez and Christian Monterrosa/AFP)
This combination of pictures created on January 21, 2024 shows former US President Donald Trump (L) arriving at the New York State Supreme Court during the civil fraud trial against the Trump Organization, in New York City on December 7, 2023; and Republican presidential hopeful and former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley speaking during a campaign event at the Olympic Theatre in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on January 11, 2024. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez and Christian Monterrosa/AFP)

ROCHESTER, New Hampshire — Former US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley will campaign across New Hampshire on Monday in the hope of stalling Donald Trump’s march to the Republican presidential nomination with an upset victory in Tuesday’s statewide vote.

Eight days after Trump coasted to a record-setting win in Iowa’s first-in-the-nation contest, the former US president is aiming to deliver a fatal blow to Haley’s upstart campaign by notching another commanding victory.

The race was transformed into a one-on-one battle on Sunday when Florida Governor Ron DeSantis ended his struggling campaign, months after he and Haley started jockeying to emerge as the leading Trump alternative.

For Haley, New Hampshire represents perhaps her final chance to demonstrate that the Republican base is willing to consider someone other than Trump, who has maintained his hold on the party’s faithful despite facing 91 felony counts. He has pleaded not guilty to every crime and claimed that he is the victim of political persecution.

The state’s large number of independent voters, who are permitted to cast ballots in Tuesday’s election, make New Hampshire friendlier turf for Haley than more conservative Iowa.

Even so, Trump holds a double-digit lead in most statewide public polls. While DeSantis had only around 6% support, he endorsed Trump upon leaving the race on Sunday, and his backers are more likely to transfer their allegiance to Trump, according to pollsters.

A Haley victory could give her campaign the momentum — and fundraising — it needs ahead of the next nominating contest on February 24 in South Carolina, where she served two terms as governor.

Campaign signs for Republican presidential candidates former President Donald Trump and former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley stand next to a sign asking voters to write in President Joe Biden in next Tuesday’s primary election on January 19, 2024 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America/Getty Images via AFP)

In recent days, Haley, 52, has intensified her attacks on Trump, asserting the 77-year-old has suffered some cognitive decline since his time in the White House and criticizing him for embracing authoritarian foreign leaders.

At a rally on Sunday in Rochester, New Hampshire, Trump accused Haley of relying on an “unholy alliance” of liberals, ‘never-Trumpers’ who oppose him, and RINOs, or Republicans in Name Only. He has used a warped version of her given first name, Nimarata, as an insult and amplified false posts on social media questioning her birthright US citizenship.

Haley is the daughter of Indian immigrants and was born in South Carolina.

Trump’s ramped-up attacks against Haley came after DeSantis’s decision to end his campaign for the Republican nomination. Haley has close ties to the pro-Israel establishment and has been a favorite among Jewish and pro-Israel donors who want to avoid a second Trump-Biden matchup in November.

“Nikki Haley is the candidate of the globalists and Democrats who will do everything to stop the America First movement,” Trump’s campaign said in a statement, using a term that has sometimes been used as an antisemitic dog whistle and echoes anti-Jewish conspiracy theories.

For those who want to see a more traditional politician return the White House to the Republicans, Haley has been an attractive option. She has garnered more support than any other candidate from the leadership of the Republican Jewish Coalition, and multiple prominent Jewish Republicans have organized fundraisers on her behalf.

Whether those fundraisers take place will likely depend on the outcome in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday. After his decisive win in Iowa, Trump said during his victory speech that he would end the current conflict in Israel “very fast” if he becomes president, without elaborating on how he would do so.

A victory in New Hampshire would add to the air of inevitability Trump has sought to create around his candidacy.

The winner of this year’s Republican nominating contests will take on President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, in November’s general election.

While the Republican rivals campaign in New Hampshire, Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will kick off a series of events intended to highlight Republican-backed limits on abortion that Democrats generally oppose.

Monday is the 51st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the decision that established a nationwide right to abortion until the US Supreme Court reversed it in 2022, galvanizing Democratic voters.

Trump to attend trial in New York

In a reminder of the myriad legal woes that he faces, Trump will spend the morning in a New York courtroom, where a federal jury is hearing the defamation case brought against Trump by author E. Jean Carroll, who says he raped her decades ago.

Trump, who has accused Carroll of making up the story to boost her memoir, may testify for the first time on Monday. As with his criminal cases, which he has frequently used in fundraising pleas, Trump has portrayed the case as part of a broader conspiracy by liberal forces to derail his candidacy.

E. Jean Carroll, right, holds her umbrella as she arrives, with her attorney Roberta Kaplan, left, at federal court, in New York, Tuesday, January 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

A separate jury last May found Trump civilly liable for sexually abusing Carroll and ordered him to pay $5 million in damages, a result Trump called a “disgrace.”

He will travel to New Hampshire later in the day for a final rally in Laconia.

Haley has at least five events scheduled, including several appearances with New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, who has endorsed her.

Most Popular
read more: