Haley gambles with expectations game as she attempts to keep her campaign alive

Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley has played the 2024 Republican primary expectations game as she has played her opponents.

But any momentum she and her campaign can spin out of New Hampshire may be punctured by the practical reality of former President Donald Trump’s political influence and machine in Nevada and South Carolina, her home state.

Despite coming second in New Hampshire’s two-person race, potentially by double digits, Haley projected her campaign forward to South Carolina’s Feb. 24 primary, one month and a lot of money away, by repeating that her aim for the Granite State was simply to be “stronger” than Iowa. In the Hawkeye State, she was third after Trump and Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL)’s 51% and 21% of the vote, respectively, with 19% support.

In New Hampshire, with 95% of the vote counted, Trump led
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