Washington: With around 90 per cent of votes counted, former US president Donald Trump has established a narrow lead of just 10 points over his rival, former governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley, beating a retreat from poll predictions of a landslide win with 32 points.
The counting is not over, and Haley still has a slight chance of overtaking Trump, media reports said, adding Trump, however, was confident of locking down New Hampshire.
As the lead was just narrow, Haley said she “refuses to quit”, insisting she can still beat Trump and will head into home turf South Carolina next week and has rallies planned in California, New York and Florida.
New Hampshire has a significant number of independent voters as compared to Iowa and also moderate republicans supporting her. Super Tuesday states also have similar demographics.
The former South Carolina governor has fundraisers planned in California, New York and Florida and is planning a rally in her home state on Wednesday, the NBC reported. Haley had come too far to let it all go in one night, even as the pundits, the media and now another state’s voters were nudging her toward the exits just hours earlier.
On Tuesday night, fresh from a loss that followed a third-place finish in Iowa, Haley said she had too much fight in her to throw in the towel, despite Trump’s attempts to turn his sights on a general election contest.
On the night of her second-place finish in New Hampshire, Haley, the former UN ambassador, pledged to plough forward to her home state, insisting she still had a path, the NBC reported.
“I have news for all of them. New Hampshire is first in the nation. It is not the last,” Haley said to cheers.
“This race is far from over. There are dozens of states left to go, and the next one is my sweet state of South Carolina. (IANS)