Haley loses Koch group’s support after South Carolina defeat

Haley loses Koch group’s support after South Carolina defeat

The Koch network, a influential conservative organization, has decided to stop spending money on Nikki Haley’s presidential campaign, following her poor performance in the South Carolina primary.

The group’s political arm, Americans For Prosperity Action, informed its staff on Sunday that it would shift its focus to other races, such as the Senate and the House, where it believes it can make a difference.

The group’s CEO, Emily Seidel, said in an email obtained by CNN that Haley had no realistic chance of winning the nomination and that the group respected her decision to stay in the race.

“We don’t believe any outside group can make a material difference to widen her path to victory,” Seidel wrote.

The Koch group had been one of Haley’s biggest boosters, spending more than $20 million on ads, mailers, and canvassing to promote her campaign. The group praised Haley for her record as governor of South Carolina and her views on free trade, immigration, and foreign policy.


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However, Haley faced a formidable challenge from former President Donald Trump, who remains popular among the Republican base and has endorsed his ally, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, for the nomination.

Haley, who had clashed with Trump during his presidency and after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, tried to appeal to both Trump supporters and critics, but failed to gain traction in the crowded field.
She came in third place in the South Carolina primary on Saturday, behind Cruz and Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, with only 15 percent of the vote.Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley speaks to reporters after voting in the South Carolina Republican primary on February 24, 2024, in Kiawah Island. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Haley said she was not dropping out of the race and vowed to continue fighting for the “soul of the Republican Party.”

“I’m not going anywhere,” she said. “I’m going to keep speaking the truth and standing up for what I believe in.”

Haley still has some support from other outside groups, such as Stand For America, a super PAC run by her former aides, and Winning For Women, a group that backs female Republican candidates.

But without the Koch group’s backing, Haley faces an uphill battle to compete with the better-funded and better-organized campaigns of Cruz and Rubio, who are leading the polls in the next primary states of Nevada and Florida.

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