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Nikki Haley is Beating Trump in Swing States, Suggest New Polls

Former South Carolina governor and potential presidential candidate Nikki Haley has emerged as a leading candidate, beating both incumbent President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump in recent polling conducted by The Detroit News in Michigan.

Haley Leads in Michigan Poll

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The latest Michigan poll reveals that in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup against President Biden, Nikki Haley would secure 44 percent of the vote, while Biden would receive 34 percent. This 10-point margin suggests Haley’s strong appeal among Michigan voters.

Boost from Americans for Prosperity Action

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Nikki Haley’s presidential aspirations received a significant boost when Americans for Prosperity Action, a GOP donor group founded by billionaire Charles Koch, declared its “full support” for her.

Major Hit for Ron DeSantis

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The endorsement did not negatively impact Trump’s popularity but dealt a blow to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who was previously the leading candidate among Republican voters.

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Potential Trump vs. Biden Rematch

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In the same Michigan poll, a hypothetical rematch between Donald Trump and President Biden showed Trump leading by 8 percentage points. Trump garnered 47 percent of the vote compared to Biden’s 39 percent.

Public Opinion in Michigan

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The statewide poll, conducted by The Detroit News and WDIV-TV, surveyed 600 likely general election voters nearly 10 months ahead of the November 5 election. Only 17 percent of respondents believed Biden should be reelected, reflecting some dissatisfaction with the incumbent president.

Haley’s Advantage Against Trump

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While the poll indicates that Nikki Haley may be a formidable candidate against Biden, she still lags significantly behind Donald Trump in recent Republican primary surveys.

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Trump Dominates Republicans

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According to FiveThirtyEight, Trump held 61.3 percent of the Republican primary poll as of January 9, while DeSantis and Haley trailed with 12.4 percent and 11.4 percent, respectively.

Upcoming GOP Debate

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In an effort to secure second place in the Republican primary race, Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley are scheduled to debate on CNN in Des Moines, Iowa. Iowa’s caucuses on January 15 will mark the beginning of the primary season.

Competitive Iowa Polling

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In Iowa, where the Republican primary season kicks off, Trump continues to lead with 51.3 percent of the vote as of Tuesday. DeSantis and Haley follow with 17.2 percent and 15.8 percent, respectively.

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Michigan’s Recent Electoral History

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In recent years, Democrats have achieved significant electoral victories in Michigan. Governor Gretchen Whitmer secured her reelection in November 2022 with a margin of over 10 percentage points. In the 2020 presidential election, Joe Biden won the state by 3 percentage points, marking a shift from Trump’s victory in 2016.

Trump’s Dominance Continues, For Now

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Nikki Haley’s strong performance in the Michigan poll suggests she could be a formidable contender in the 2024 presidential race. However, the Republican primary landscape remains dominated by Donald Trump, setting the stage for a competitive primary season.

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