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Haley downplays prospect of third-party run: 'I'm a Republican'

Haley remains the only primary challenger to former President Donald Trump of any standing.

Published: February 26, 2024 8:07pm

Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley on Monday appeared to reject the prospect of running as an independent or third-party candidate should she fail to claim the Republican nomination.

Haley remains the only primary challenger to former President Donald Trump of any standing, though she has yet to win a nominating contest and lost her home state of South Carolina over the weekend.

During an appearance on Fox News, Haley stated "I've been a conservative Republican my whole life. I’m not going to switch over and have a Democrat vice president. That’s not something I would do. My heart has always been with the Republican Party and this country. So that’s what I’m gonna do."

"I'm a Republican. I have not talked to any other organization. I have not put a second of thought into an independent run because I’m a Republican. That’s what I’ve always been," she continued.

Prior to the South Carolina primary, she delivered a "state of the race" address in which she promised not to leave the race "until the American people close the door."

The former South Carolina governor served in Trump's cabinet, but has largely broken with him over foreign policy issues, with Haley advocating for a more interventionist approach to world conflicts.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on X, formerly Twitter.

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