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Nikki Haley says Republican party can't win if it's divided

Republican Nikki Haley speaks to a crowd of hundreds at Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids on Monday afternoon.
David Limbaugh
Republican Nikki Haley speaks to a crowd of hundreds at Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids on Monday afternoon.

Having stumped in Troy on Sunday, Republican primary nominee hopeful Nikki Haley spoke to a crowd of hundreds at the Amway Grand Plaza on Monday. Before speaking to the public, she took time to address the press about where she stands in the polls after her loss to Donald Trump in South Carolina, the state she used to govern.

“The biggest take away, I think, coming in after South Carolina, is you look at all the early states and Donald Trump as technically the Republican incumbent, did not win 40% of the vote.”

Haley went on to say that something is shifting in the Republican party, and Michigan is no exception to that rule.

“Look at the Michigan Republican party. I was here campaigning in 2012 for people running for office. Michigan was a bright light. They were winning races up and down the ticket, they had passed a Right to Work law, everything was great, and once Donald Trump came in 2016, they’ve now lost the governor’s race, the Governor’s mansion, they’ve lost the state House, they’ve lost the state Senate. The party is completely divided.”

Haley says that thanks to Donald Trump, the Republican party is completely divided throughout the country, and there’s no way to win a general election with a divided party. When pressed as to whether or not she could win a state in any primary going forward, Haley said she’s not able to predict the future, but did say

“I think that if I’m not an alternative in this race, I think that Donald Trump will lose. It’s that simple.”

Dave joined WGVU Public Media in November of 2023 after eighteen years as a Michigan Association of Broadcasters Emmy-nominated photojournalist and editor at Grand Rapids' WOOD TV8 and three years at WEYI TV25 in Flint, Michigan. As a General Assignment Reporter, Dave covers daily news and community events all over West Michigan.
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