The South Carolina primary is just a few days away, and the governor, Nikki Haley, has chosen this optimum time to make her endorsement. Donald Trump, Senator Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, John Kasich, and Dr. Ben Carson are the Republican candidates in the top spots for that state, in that order, according to the polls.
Change in SC poll average, Jan. 31 to today
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) February 17, 2016
Donald Trump is clearly far in the lead over the other presidential candidates vying for the win in the 2016 election, so he would obviously be a strong choice for Haley to team up with, but she declined to jump on that bandwagon. Nikki has not made her endorsement for Donald Trump.
When asked earlier this week if she planned to make an endorsement, and who might be the receiver of said endorsement, Haley responded that she was still on the fence, and undecided as to which candidate would receive her endorsement.
Apparently, Governor Haley has made her final decision and has shared with the world that she is ready to make her endorsement, reports Western Journalism.
Nikki Haley is one politician expected to enter the race as a vice presidential candidate, so her choice of which nominee to gift with her endorsement may be as much a personal choice as a political one.
Heavy reports that Governor Haley made the announcement of her endorsement for Florida Senator Marco Rubio at a rally tonight in Chapin. The following, as reported by CNN, is part of her endorsement speech.
“If we elect Marco Rubio, every day will be a great day in America.
“I wanted somebody with fight, I wanted somebody with passion, I wanted somebody who had the conviction to do the right thing, but I wanted somebody humble enough to remember he works for all the people.
“I wanted somebody who could show my parents that the best decision they ever made for their children was coming to America.”
Marco Rubio has recently received endorsements from Senator Tim Scott as well as Congressman Trey Gowdy. Though the polls are predicting Rubio to be in third place in the South Carolina primary, the endorsement from Haley may send his numbers soaring.
The South Carolina governor ranks very high with the people of her state, bringing in a whopping 81 percent approval rating. Though she reportedly first considered lending her endorsement to Jeb Bush, son and brother to two former United States presidents, she finally chose Rubio based on his stronger showing in the polls.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 17, 2016
Marco Rubio is happy to have her endorsement, of course, and shared some glowing comments about the governor, Western Journalism further reports. One day prior to making her endorsement for the Florida governor, Rubio had this to say.
“She embodies and exemplifies what I want the Republican Party to be known as in the 21st century: vibrant, reform-oriented, optimistic, upwardly mobile. She is many ways like Tim Scott, hopefully myself and others hopefully exemplifies what the party should be. We would love to have her endorsement.”
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