South Carolinians Rejecting Their Former Governor

[Office of Representative Nancy Mace, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons]

Donald Trump has been racking up endorsements following his victory in the Iowa Caucuses, but two in particular are significantly undermining his main challenger, Nikki Haley. 

Over the weekend, South Carolina congresswoman Nancy Mace joined Tim Scott, the senator from the Palmetto State, to back the former president. 

The Associated Press writes:

Mace had stayed out of the 2024 Republican primary as two fellow South Carolinians — former Gov. Haley and Sen. Tim Scott — entered the race last year. On Monday, a day ahead of the New Hampshire primary, Mace told The Associated Press that she was backing Trump over Haley, who lives in her congressional district and supported her in 2022 against a Trump-backed challenger.

“I don’t see eye to eye perfectly with any candidate. And until now I’ve stayed out of it,” Mace said. “But the time has come to unite behind our nominee.”

The South Carolina Republican’s backing comes as Trump angles to bolster his dominance thus far in Republican balloting, following his record-setting win last week in the Iowa caucuses. Over the weekend, Trump was joined by a slew of South Carolina leaders as he campaigned in New Hampshire, seen as yet another blow from South Carolina against Haley.

The South Carolina congresswoman’s pick for president came as a surprise. A few days after the mobbing of the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021, Mace said that Trump’s “entire legacy” had been “wiped out.”

Asked why none of her fellow South Carolinians were backing her for president, Nikki Haley claimed that many in her state were not fond of her work as governor of the state. 

Following a campaign event, the former UN Ambassador said, “I forced them to pass ethics reform, even though they didn’t want to do it. So there is a reason there’s no love for me, from the legislature in South Carolina.

Haley has only received 14 endorsements for president from her home state, whereas Ron DeSantis, who dropped out on Sunday, claimed over 70.

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