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US Election

Nikki Haley wins her first Republican primary in Washington DC

Haley has said she would remain in the race until at least Super Tuesday,

NIKKI HALEY HAS won the Republican primary in the District of Columbia, marking her first victory of the 2024 campaign.

Her victory has interrupted Donald Trump’s sweep of the Republican voting contests, although the former president is expected to pick up several hundred more delegates in more primaries happening this week on ‘Super Tuesday’.

Despite her early losses, Haley has said she would remain in the race until at least Super Tuesday, although she has declined to name any primary she felt confident she would win.

Following last week’s loss in her home state of South Carolina, Haley remained adamant that voters in the places that followed deserved an alternative to Trump despite his dominance thus far in the campaign.

Washington DC is one of the most heavily Democratic jurisdictions in the nation, with only about 23,000 registered Republicans in the city. Democrat Joe Biden won the district in the 2020 general election with 92% of the vote.

Haley held a rally in the nation’s capital on Friday before heading back to North Carolina and a series of states holding Super Tuesday primaries.

She joked with more than 100 supporters inside a hotel ballroom, “who says there’s no Republicans in DC, come on”.

“We’re trying to make sure that we touch every hand that we can and speak to every person,” Haley said.

As she gave her standard campaign speech, criticising Trump for running up the federal deficit, one rallygoer said: “He cannot win a general election. It’s madness.”

That prompted agreement from Haley, who argues that she can deny Biden a second term but Trump would not be able to.

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