Trump defeats Nikki Haley in her home state of South Carolina

Former President Donald Trump won the Republican primary race in South Carolina, defeating Nikki Haley in the state where she once served as governor.

The Associated Press called the race for Trump shortly after the polls closed, basing his decision on a survey of Republican primary voters in the Palmetto State.

The New York Times reported that, with 60% of the votes counted, the former president received 60.1%, while Haley received 39.3%, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who had already left the race, received 0.4%.

In speech shortly after his latest primary victory, Trump explained that “there's something going on in the country, some really great things going on.”

“We're going to make things right,” Trump said. “There never was, ever, never was there a spirit like that. And I just want to say, I've never seen the Republican Party as united as it is now.”

Haley spoke to her supporters that evening, congratulating Trump on his victory, but asserted that Trump cannot defeat Democratic incumbent Joe Biden in November.

In January, Trump won the Iowa Caucus and the New Hampshire Primary, prompting prominent opponents Vivek Ramaswamy and DeSantis to suspend their campaigns and endorse Trump.

DeSantis said in his endorsement of Trump last month that it was “clear to me that a majority of Republican primary voters want to give Donald Trump another chance.”

“He has my support because we cannot go back to the old Republican guard or a repackaged form of warmed-up corporatism that Nikki Haley represents,” DeSantis added.

During his speech after winning New Hampshire, Trump called Haley “a cheater” for acting like she won the race and claimed Democratic President Joe Biden was mentally incapable of “putting two sentences together.”

“This is an evening I will not forget,” Trump added. “We will have the greatest electoral success; we will turn our country around.”

At a rally in Greenville, South Carolina, on Tuesday, Haley stated“I refuse to quit,” “I'm not going anywhere,” and that “I'm campaigning every day until the last person votes.”

“Leaving would be the easy way out. I never took the easy way out. I've been the underdog in every race I've ever run,” she said before the primary results.

“I was always David facing Goliath. And like David, I'm not just fighting someone bigger than me. I'm fighting for something bigger than myself.”

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