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Nikki Haley’s challenge for the Republican presidential nomination against Trump sets her apart in the party.

The Battle for the Republican Nomination

The Current Republican Landscape

Nikki Haley is the only remaining Republican candidate in the race against Donald Trump for the party’s nomination to challenge President Joe Biden in the upcoming U.S. presidential election.

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With 64% support in Reuters/Ipsos polling, Trump has forged ahead in the polls, leveraging his legal challenges to boost his popularity among his base and raise funds. He has secured victories in nominating contests and hopes to replace Republican National Committee leadership with allies ahead of the party’s July convention.

Trump, 77, has faced 91 indictments in four criminal cases and insists they are part of a political witch hunt aimed at thwarting his chances of winning the election, a claim the U.S. Justice Department has refuted.

Some of his legal challenges have reached the Supreme Court, including his eligibility for the ballot following the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol as well as his claim of presidential immunity.

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The Trump Agenda and Controversies

If re-elected, Trump has promised revenge and adopted increasingly provocative language, vowing to overhaul the federal civil service, sparking criticism from Western leaders. He has made immigration his key domestic campaign issue, advocating for mass deportations and other stringent measures.

On abortion, Trump has expressed his stance and promised other sweeping changes, including eliminating Obamacare health insurance and imposing 10% across-the-board tariffs. On energy, he aims to undo much of the Biden administration’s work to fight climate change and launch new efforts to expand fossil fuel production.

Nikki Haley’s Candidacy and Policies

A former South Carolina governor and Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, Haley, 52, has emphasized her relative youth compared to Biden, 81, and Trump. She has gained a reputation in the Republican Party as a solid conservative but trails Trump in the polls, drawing 19% support among Republicans.

Haley has positioned herself as a stalwart defender of American interests abroad, criticizing Trump’s support for Russian President Vladimir Putin and advocating for changes to Social Security and Medicare safety net programs for seniors. She has also called for making some tax cuts permanent and eliminating the federal gas tax, along with her stance on energy policies.

Despite Trump’s attacks, she has sharpened her criticisms of him, calling him “diminished” and “unhinged” and arguing he is too chaotic and divisive to be effective. Haley has suggested she will stay in the race past the Feb. 24 primary in her home state.

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