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Donald Trump gets warning sign during primaries


Donald Trump’s comprehensive victories in the recent Republican Party primaries are overshadowed by the number of Republicans still voting for Nikki Haley.

The Republican Party’s presumptive 2024 presidential nominee continued his primary season dominance with resounding victories in Nebraska, Maryland and West Virginia on May 14, receiving more than 80 percent of the vote in each state.

What could be worrying for Trump is the support that Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, continues to receive in the primaries, even though she dropped out of the race in March. On Tuesday, Haley received 20 percent of the vote in Maryland — her highest vote share since she suspended her campaign — and nearly 18 percent in Nebraska.

Tuesday’s results were the latest warning sign for Trump that he is still struggling to win over more moderate Republican voters, who could be crucial in defeating President Joe Biden in November. The primaries in Nebraska and Maryland were closed, meaning only registered Republicans could vote, while registered Republicans and independents were allowed to vote in the GOP primaries in West Virginia.

Donald Trump in Nebraska
Former President Donald Trump during a rally at the I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska, on May 1, 2022. Trump saw a large number of votes against him during the 2024 Republican primary in Nebraska.

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This is in stark contrast to the May 7 Republican Party primary in Indiana, in which Haley received 21.7 percent of the vote. However, Haley’s support may have been boosted by the fact that voters are not required to be registered with a particular political party before casting their ballots in the state’s primaries.

Newsweek has contacted Trump’s office for comment via email.

The latest primary results suggest there is still a strong Republican protest vote against the former president, who is on trial after pleading not guilty to 34 felony counts of falsifying corporate records, and polls suggest many Haley supporters will vote for Biden in November could vote. .

The primary results from these states may not significantly change the results of the 2024 election. Trump won West Virginia by 39 points in 2020 and Nebraska by 19 points, meaning he could potentially lose a significant number of votes in both states and still beat his Democratic rival in November.

Biden also dominated Maryland in the 2020 election, winning 65 percent of the vote. So it seems unlikely that Trump will win the strong blue state even if he manages to win the support of the state’s Haley voters in the general election.

Nevertheless, the results are part of a trend that suggests Haley voters could still play an important role in determining who wins the 2024 election.

“In every swing state except Nevada, the number of Nikki Haley (primary) voters easily exceeds the margin between Trump and Biden in 2020,” said Robert Schwartz, executive director of the Haley Voters Working Group and an adviser to the Haley. Voters for Biden super PAC told Politico before Tuesday’s primaries

“If you can get 20 percent in all these places to vote for Biden and another 5 to 10 percent not to vote at all, that will be the difference maker in this election,” he continued.

In an interview with WGAL, a news station in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Trump downplayed the significance of Haley receiving nearly 17 percent of the vote in the swing state primary on April 23.

“All these people will come to me, first of all: what is their choice? Biden? He is the worst president in the history of our country,” Trump said.

He added: “There’s never been a president so bad. He’s incompetent. So they’re all coming to me. We’re already seeing it. They’re all coming to me.”