Status: 29.11.2023, 15:52 PM
By: Lisa Mariella Löw
Nikki Haley has enlisted the support of one of America's wealthiest people. Does the Republican have the best chance of winning the election?
Washington – Will Republican Nikki Haley thwart Donald Trump's candidacy in the 2024 U.S. presidential election? At the moment, there are a number of political and financial reasons in favour of the 51-year-old. It has also steadily caught up in the polls in recent weeks, as the German Press Agency (dpa) reported. Her influential contacts are now giving the former US ambassador to the United Nations a tailwind. Will she become the first female U.S. president with the support of the pioneers of the right-wing Tea Party movement?
Trump challenger Haley gets backwind from billionaire brothers
The organization "Americans for Prosperity", founded by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, expressed its support for Haley on Tuesday, November 28. According to dpa, the organization wrote that Trump and Biden would only continue the political downward spiral: "In addition, a clear majority of voters want someone new."
Haley is in the best position to beat Trump in the primaries, then defeat Biden and open a new political chapter for the country. The 51-year-old is "the best choice for our country," the political arm of the network said, AFP reported. That's why the organization is "proud" to fully support the former governor of the state of South Carolina.
Poll results in the US election campaign: Haley is becoming more and more popular
Initially, it was considered rather hopeless, with poll ratings in the low single-digit range. In recent weeks, however, she has made significant gains in the polls: Nikki Haley. © Rebecca Blackwell/AP
Haley said in a statement that she was "honored" by the organization's support. There is "too much at stake in the elections to stand idly by from the sidelines." The strictly conservative Koch brothers had made a fortune with an empire of oil pipelines, cattle ranches, paper and fertilizer manufacturers, and technology companies. They used their money for decades to influence politics in the United States. They pumped large sums of money into political movements, conservative Republican candidates or think tanks to strengthen the right-wing fringe in the US. The Kochs are also considered to be the pioneers of the right-wing Tea Party movement within the Republican Party.
According to AFP, the network can mobilize hundreds of millions of dollars in donations and numerous election workers throughout the country during the election campaign. Among other things, this gives Haley the opportunity for mail campaigns, door-to-door campaigning and money for election commercials is now available, as the New York Times reported.
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Haley had announced her presidential bid in February 2023. Initially, it was considered rather hopeless, with poll ratings in the low single-digit range. In recent weeks, however, it has risen significantly in polls. Haley caught up with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who at the start of the primary race was still considered the most promising internal competitor for former President Donald Trump.
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Trump is ahead by a wide margin in the Republican field. The right-wing populist ex-president averages around 60 percent in polls, Haley is at around ten percent and DeSantis at around 13 percent. The Republican primaries will start on January 15, 2024 in the state of Iowa. The actual presidential election will then take place at the beginning of November 2024.
DeSantis supporters see no chance for Haley in US presidential election
Trump is still extremely popular with the right-wing base. In the Republican Party establishment and among conservative donors, however, there are reservations about the 77-year-old. There are fears that the controversial ex-president could lose the 2024 presidential election to Biden in view of his unpopularity among large parts of the population - as he did in the 2020 presidential election.
DeSantis' campaign team reacted sarcastically to the Koch network's support for Haley: "Every dollar" for Haley's campaign is actually a dollar for Trump because the former governor has no chance against the ex-president. Only DeSantis can take on the "establishment". For the Democrats, incumbent President Joe Biden is running for another term. (Lisa Mariella Löw)