Nikki Haley Has Lots Of Money – $12M In February – But No Plan To Beat Trump

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley waves to the crowd as she speaks during the Faith and Freedom Coalition Policy Conference in Washington, Saturday, June 24, 2023. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley said Friday that she raised $12 million in February, a haul that will likely allow her to remain in the Republican primary against former President Donald Trump past next week’s Super Tuesday – even though she can’t point to an upcoming state where she expects to beat him.

The former ambassador to the United Nations noted that she outraised Trump in January and insisted that the donations have continued to flow despite her not having a long-term plan to challenge – or even really dent – the former president’s commanding lead in the primary.

“When I go into a fundraiser,” she said during a meeting with reporters in Washington, “They don’t ask me, ‘What’s your strategy?’ They don’t ask me, ‘What’s your plan?’ All they say is, ‘Thank you for giving me hope.’”

Haley got some good news later in the day, when moderate Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski became the first senator to endorse her, defying most top GOP leaders who have lined up behind Trump. Murkowski has her own personal history with the former president, who in 2021 vowed to personally campaign against her when she was up for reelection the following year – though that threat didn’t stop the senator from winning another term in 2022.

Murkowski’s home state of Alaska is among the 15 holding GOP primaries in Tuesday.

Haley‘s announced February total has not yet been verified by official campaign finance filings. Still, Haley argues that another strong month with donors shows that Republicans are hungry for a viable alternative to Trump. Haley, who is also a former South Carolina governor, is the last Trump challenger standing from a field that was once crowded with more than a dozen Republican White House candidates.

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