Trump Shrugs Off Haley’s D.C. Primary Win

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley last Wednesday officially suspended her campaign after she failed to halt Donald Trump’s inevitable march to the nomination on Super Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.

The former UN Ambassador managed to secure two wins in her race for the White House, besting Trump in the Washington, D.C. primary on March 3 and Vermont on Super Tuesday, making her the first female Republican presidential candidate to win a primary race.

After losing her home state of South Carolina in late February, Haley vowed to stay in the race to give Republican primary voters an option to Donald Trump.

While her victory in Washington, D.C. prevented Trump from scoring a clean sweep of primary and caucus races, it was an anemic victory.

Washington is among the heaviest Democrat majority districts in the country, with barely 23,000 registered Republicans. While Haley beat Trump in D.C. by nearly a 2-to-1 margin, her total vote count was tiny, winning just 1,274 votes to Donald Trump’s 676 votes.

Following Haley’s victory in the nation’s capital, the Trump campaign offered sarcastic congratulations, declaring Haley the “Queen of the Swamp.”

Despite Haley’s victory in Vermont, Donald Trump scored wins in the other 15 Super Tuesday states, including delegate-rich Texas and California, bringing his total delegate count to 1,050, just 165 delegates shy of the Republican nomination.

With no hope of winning the nomination, Haley suspended her presidential campaign on March 6.

In a speech to supporters in Charleston, South Carolina, Haley congratulated Trump on his victories on Super Tuesday but stopped short of throwing her support behind the former president.

Rather than endorse Trump, Haley suggested that the former president needed to earn the support of the moderate Republicans and independent voters who backed her in the primary.

Haley said it was up to Trump to win over the voters who currently did not support him, explaining that part of presidential politics was “bringing people into your cause, not turning them away.”