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Haley Campaign Press Release - Haley Calls for Republicans to Wake Up

February 28, 2024

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Last night in Michigan, the two incumbent candidates for President of the United States failed to win over a significant population of their respective parties. Instead of working to unify the party and win over disaffected Republicans, Donald Trump is continuing to repel voters he will need to win the general election.

"Donald Trump is talking out of both sides of his mouth…again. He claims 'party unity' but is banning Haley supporters who care about fiscal responsibility and a strong national security," said Haley spokesperson AnnMarie Graham-Barnes. "Putting a 'keep out' sign on the door of your clubhouse is a surefire way to make sure you never win a general election. Republicans should wake up before we're stuck with President Kamala Harris."

Here's what they're saying about the five-alarm fire raised for the GOP in recent days:

PBS NewsHour: Trump won his primary by a large margin, but support for rival Nikki Haley once again showed that some Republican voters may have misgivings about giving the former president another four years in the general election.

Wall Street Journal: Early results showed Haley did better than her statewide numbers in places with large numbers of college-educated voters…In previous contests in New Hampshire and South Carolina, Haley showed strength versus Trump with independents and moderates, the kinds of potential swing voters who could help decide the November contest against Biden.

The Dispatch: Many traditional Republican voters like the Brantleys, who have supported GOP candidates for years, are backing the longshot Haley instead of returning to Trump because they feel abandoned by the former president. Even more than that, these Ronald Reagan-era Republicans say the voters fueling Trump's staying power inside the party are treating them with contempt and want them out.

MSNBC: 'These aren't good numbers': Warning signs emerge for Trump after Michigan

Associated Press: Some of her best results came in Oakland and Kent counties, where Democrats have been gaining ground in recent years, contributing to their recent statewide success…Trump has dominated in primaries with help from his base but his strength among general election voters remains unclear.

Politico: But his opponent, Nikki Haley, continued to score a significant enough percentage of the vote so as to raise questions about the former president's standing in the general election… There remain clear warning signs beyond just Haley's vote share. The former president is embroiled in legal peril over his business practices and time in office. And he has made little effort to reach out to voters who do not support him and continues to slash at primary rivals — past and present — even after they have ceased to threaten him politically.

Nikki Haley, Haley Campaign Press Release - Haley Calls for Republicans to Wake Up Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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