Nikki Haley, a former United Nations ambassador, attempted to interpret her third-place finish in the Iowa caucuses on Monday night as a victory.
She declared that she had narrowed the race to a one-on-one contest with former President Donald Trump, despite failing to meet polling and media expectations.
CNN reports that the political operation supporting Haley spent $37 million in Iowa, more than any other candidate.
In comparison to Trump, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis spent $35 million in the state and $18.3 million.
She declared the progress her campaign was making in the second-ranked state of New Hampshire.
“Tonight I will be back in the great state of New Hampshire. And the question before Americans is now very clear: Do you want more of the same, or do you want a new generation?” Haley said.
She went on to claim that she could “safely say tonight Iowa made this Republican primary a two-person race.”
“Trump and Biden are both about 80 years old. Trump and Biden put our country trillions of dollars deeper in debt, and our kids will never forgive them. Both lack a vision for our country’s future because both are consumed by the past — by investigations, by vendettas, by grievances. Americans deserve better.” she concluded.