- South Carolina’s Republican primary is open to any registered voter who has not yet cast a ballot in the state’s Democratic primary on February 3.
- Democrats joined anti-Trump Republicans in voting for Haley in an effort to close the gap.
- Haley noted that she would appreciate support from wherever she could get it.
TO A coalition was formed in South Carolina to pressure voters to cast their ballots. nikki haley in the Republican primary amid dismal polls that showed Haley a whopping 30 points behind donald trump.
Democrats and anti-Trump Republicans wanted their voices to be heard in the Republican primaries, and many expressed why they were motivated to vote for their former governor instead of the former president.
“Let’s just say I voted because I’m really concerned about this country and I voted for Nikki Haley,” Becky, 64, told DailyMail.com as she left the Ben Arnold Community Center in Columbia on Saturday afternoon.
Alan, 40, says he leans more Democratic, but voted in the Republican primary for Haley because he is “against fascism.”
“It seems like the anti-fascism party is kind of the Democratic party right now,” he said.
Democratic and anti-Trump Republicans will vote for Nikki Haley in an effort to close the gap with Donald Trump in the South Carolina primary on Saturday.
The PrimaryPivot organization actively encouraged Democrats to forgo their own primaries to participate in those of the Republican Party. PrimaryPivot co-founder Robert Schwartz (right) and South Carolina Senior Advisor Tiffany James (left) were outside the Ben Arnold Community Center polling place in Columbia, South Carolina, on Saturday, leading to voters to cast their vote against Trump.
Columbia is a more progressive part of South Carolina, but even so, the turnout is indicative of how the anti-Trump sectors of the Republican Party lean and how motivated Democrats are in trying to thwart the former president’s chances of reaching the general election. . .
South Carolina has an open primary, so anyone registered to vote in the state can participate as long as they have not cast a vote in the Democratic presidential primary on February 3. Only about 130,000 voted in those primaries, leaving many Democrats free to vote. vote in the Republican primaries.
The PrimaryPivot organization was actively encouraging Democrats to forgo their own primaries to participate in those of the Republican Party. The group spent more than $100,000 ahead of the South Carolina primary. They obtained voter files, conducted three rounds of text messages and ran radio ads.
Ahead of the Democratic primary earlier this month, the group sent text messages to 207,000 voters who participated in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary urging them to vote in the Republican primary to fight Trump.
“It’s not about being pro-Nikki Haley, it’s about reducing Trump’s margins,” said PrimaryPivot co-founder Robert Schwartz. “Nikki Haley voters all say Trump and MAGA are driving them away.”
“In the unlikely event that she wins, our democracy will survive,” Schwartz said.
Voters in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, cast their ballots Saturday afternoon in the state’s Republican primary election.
His push in South Carolina comes as Trump led Haley by double digits in polls of likely Republican voters ahead of the South’s first primary. The group also worked to mobilize voters in New Hampshire and has its sights set on Michigan.
Haley herself has indicated that she will accept any support she can get.
“Anyone can vote in this election as long as they didn’t vote in the Democratic primary on February 3rd. I need you to get out and vote,” Haley told a crowd of supporters on the eve of the election. ‘I need you to take five people with you. I need you to make sure you call your friends and email everyone you know.
Christina Pritchard, 28, told DailyMail.com that she voted for Haley because she is “nervous about Donald Trump.”
She was there voting with Jonathan Pritchard, 38, who said Haley only really has a future in politics “if there ever comes a post-MAGA era.”
Zenda Leaks, 61, also came out to vote for Haley on Saturday. She has voted for candidate over party in the past and thought Haley did a decent job as governor.
“I’m also very, very concerned that if Donald Trump comes in, some of the things he says he’s going to do, I believe him,” Leaks emphasized. “I think our democracy would be at serious risk if he came back in, so I voted for Nikki.”