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Haley Meets With Miriam Adelson, G.O.P. Megadonor

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Nikki Haley, the previous United Nations ambassador who has been climbing in Republican presidential polls, met with the on line casino mogul and megadonor Miriam Adelson over the weekend in Las Vegas, two folks accustomed to the assembly mentioned.

Ms. Haley, a former South Carolina governor, is gaining momentum within the Republican major, with some polls placing her behind solely former President Donald J. Trump after she edged out Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida for second place, albeit a distant one.

Ms. Adelson had dinner with Mr. Trump on Saturday evening, an almost three-hour meal at her house, in accordance with an individual accustomed to the occasion. The 2 have historical past relationship again years: Her late husband, Sheldon Adelson, was the biggest donor to Mr. Trump’s 2016 marketing campaign, and Mr. Trump awarded Ms. Adelson a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2018.

Reuters beforehand reported Ms. Haley’s meeting with Ms. Adelson, and The Messenger reported Mr. Trump’s dinner. Each befell throughout the annual gathering of the Republican Jewish Coalition on the Venetian in Las Vegas, a sprawling on line casino, lodge and occasion complicated that was as soon as the Adelsons’ marquee property.

Ms. Adelson has stayed out of the first battle thus far, and has not contributed to federal campaigns within the 2024 cycle, information present. However she and her husband, who died in 2021, have a file of contributing to committees tied to each Mr. Trump and Ms. Haley.

In 2020, the Adelsons collectively gave $90 million to a brilliant PAC that backed Mr. Trump, together with $585,000 every to Mr. Trump’s joint fund-raising committee. In 2022, Ms. Adelson gave $25 million to Republican congressional and Senate committees, information present.

In 2019, the Adelsons every gave $250,000 to a social welfare nonprofit Ms. Haley fashioned shortly after leaving the Trump administration, in accordance with a report in Politico that cited tax paperwork. In 2022, Ms. Adelson gave $5,000 to a political motion committee Ms. Haley had fashioned.

Ms. Haley and Ms. Adelson additionally had a personal assembly on the R.J.C. gathering in 2021, Politico reported at the time.

They aren’t the one candidates who’ve met with Ms. Adelson this cycle. In April, Ms. Adelson was seated next to Mr. DeSantis at a dinner in Israel. Mr. DeSantis had not but formally joined the race. Bryan Griffin, the press secretary for Mr. DeSantis’s marketing campaign, mentioned Ms. Adelson and Mr. DeSantis had been “pals for a very long time.” He added, “We respect her continued dedication to remain impartial throughout the major and are grateful for all she does for the USA, Israel and the Jewish neighborhood.”

Ms. Haley has surged into second place in polls in New Hampshire and South Carolina and has been closing the hole on Mr. DeSantis in Iowa. A Des Moines Register/NBC Information/Mediacom Iowa ballot launched this week confirmed that they were tied, far behind Mr. Trump amongst seemingly Republican caucusgoers.

The Haley marketing campaign has ramped up its outreach to donors and supporters in current weeks, and officers and volunteers have been working to develop its grass-roots teams for ladies, veterans and younger folks. With the momentum has come extra scrutiny from Mr. DeSantis and Mr. Trump and their allies. Even Senator Tim Scott, from her house state, criticized her file as governor over the past presidential debate, a heated trade that led to one in all Ms. Haley’s most memorable traces of the evening: “Convey it, Tim.”

On the South Carolina State Home on Monday, the place she formally filed to look on her house state’s 2024 presidential major poll, Ms. Haley stored her message centered on her successes within the state and path to victory — and principally shunned attacking her rivals, although she warned that Mr. Scott’s critiques had been “a mistake.”

“Once I’m attacked, I relax,” she mentioned.

Requested if she would think about former Vice President Mike Pence as a operating mate, she mentioned she was solely centered on profitable within the early states.

“It’s sluggish and regular wins the race,” she mentioned. “You win it primarily based on relationships. You win it primarily based on touching each hand, answering each query and incomes the belief of the American folks.”