To Undercut Haley, Trump Will Encompass Himself With S.C. Leaders

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Urgent his benefit over Nikki Haley within the homestretch earlier than the New Hampshire main, Donald J. Trump will encompass himself with South Carolina leaders, together with Ms. Haley’s successor as governor, at a rally Saturday evening to painting her as politically friendless at house, two Trump marketing campaign officers stated.

The previous president plans the present of energy so as to add to his personal momentum earlier than Tuesday’s voting and to spotlight Ms. Haley’s lack of assist in her house state, the officers stated, insisting on anonymity to debate marketing campaign technique.

Gov. Henry McMaster of South Carolina, who endorsed Mr. Trump in November 2022, shortly after he introduced his third presidential bid, will communicate to voters in Manchester, N.H. He shall be joined by the state’s lieutenant governor, lawyer basic, treasurer and the speaker of the South Carolina’s Home of Representatives, together with three congressmen from the state.

One marketing campaign adviser stated that the touring slate of South Carolinians was meant to assist Mr. Trump make the case that he has introduced since his landslide victory in Iowa: that overtaking him is so unlikely that his rivals ought to droop their campaigns so he and the Republican Occasion can concentrate on defeating President Biden in November.

The visitor appearances might humiliate Ms. Haley and additional undermine her case for the nomination by illustrating how remoted she seems to be in her personal state, the place the Republican main shall be held on Feb. 24. And the South Carolina group backing Mr. Trump on Saturday will observe the state’s junior senator, Tim Scott, who endorsed Mr. Trump in Harmony, N.H., on Friday.

Ms. Haley isn’t with out assist in South Carolina, the place she served as governor from 2011 to 2017, when Mr. Trump appointed her as ambassador to the United Nations. She has the backing of Consultant Ralph Norman and of Katon Dawson, a former state Republican chairman, together with a small variety of South Carolina legislators.

Ms. Haley’s path to the nomination possible hangs on a victory or an in depth second-place end in New Hampshire, the place unbiased voters make up 40 p.c of the citizens. Although Mr. Trump maintains a big lead within the polls, Ms. Haley has narrowed that lead just lately, successfully making the first a two-person race within the state.

However Ms. Haley would wish to observe a robust efficiency in New Hampshire with one other one in South Carolina, the place Mr. Trump enjoys a big and constant following. He leads in South Carolina polls by a large margin and in addition can rely on assist there from Senator Lindsey Graham, an in depth ally.

The Trump marketing campaign is raring to pressure each Ms. Haley and Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida from the race earlier than the South Carolina main, hoping to avert what might in any other case be an costly battle for delegates lasting by means of March.

Because the New Hampshire main nears, Mr. Trump has more and more escalated and sharpened his assaults on Ms. Haley. He now usually argues that whereas she did an ample job in his administration, she doesn’t have what it takes to guide her personal.

”She isn’t presidential timber,” Mr. Trump stated bluntly in Harmony on Friday.

Mr. Trump has additionally repeatedly tried to backpedal on his previous reward of Ms. Haley, claiming steadily that he solely appointed her ambassador to the United Nations so as to clear the way in which for Mr. McMaster to turn out to be governor.