- Haley lost South Carolina primary to Donald Trump, according to projections
- It is the first time a Republican candidate has lost his home state primary in more than 50 years.
- Trump swept the four states with early primary voting for 2024
South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham was greeted with boos after former President Trump saluted him during his victory speech winning the South Carolina Republican primary.
Graham has been a longtime supporter of the former president as he seeks a second term in the White House, but the rowdy crowd was not a fan of Graham when Trump called him “a little further to the left than some of the people on this stage.” .’
Trump urged the senator to join him, joking that the senator didn’t want to draw attention to himself as the former president’s fans mocked him.
‘I love it. He is a good man,” Trump responded.
‘The nightmare you are facing is about to end. Help is on the way. “This is the man most qualified to be president of the United States,” Graham told the crowd and they slowly began to applaud.
Senator Lindsey Graham (right) and Senator Tim Scott (right) after Trump won the primary in their state. Graham was booed by the rowdy crowd at Trump’s victory speech when the former president mentioned he was there.
Senator Graham called Trump the “most qualified” to be president, at which point the crowd of Trump supporters began applauding.
Donald Trump immediately took the stage to speak after cruising to victory in South Carolina on Saturday night with a victory that gives him a direct sweep of the first four primary contests in the Republican presidential primaries.
“This was a little sooner than we expected,” Trump joked to a crowd of cheering supporters.
Not even a minute after polls closed at 7:00 pm on Saturday, the race was declared for Trump in an embarrassing defeat for Nikki Haley.
Trump’s victory is built on the growing momentum he has built following his victories in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada.
Haley’s loss on Saturday marks the first time a Republican candidate has lost his home state primary in more than 50 years. The previous one was Richard Nixon, who lost the California primary to Ronald Reagan, who was also from California.
Speaking to reporters Saturday before polls closed, Graham said that “Republicans have made a decision.” He said he respects and admires Haley, but the sooner she leaves the race, the better.
Trump celebrates his victory in Columbia, South Carolina, minutes after the state primary was called for him, shortly after 7 p.m.
Donald Trump embarrassed Nikki Haley in his home state of South Carolina on Saturday as he cruised to a victory in the Republican primary.
But Haley said during a state of the race speech Tuesday that she was “far” from ending her candidacy despite her disappointing primary performance so far and dismal polls showing her trailing Trump in the polls. national and state elections by wide margins.
The former South Carolina governor said she plans to stay in the 2024 Republican primary until Super Tuesday on March 5, when 15 states and a staggering 874 delegates will be up for grabs on that day alone.