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Haley releases delegates to Trump ahead of Republican National Convention

The former South Carolina governor had 97 delegates from the Republican primary process.
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Posted at 3:10 PM, Jul 09, 2024

Nikki Haley, who launched an unsuccessful bid for the Republican nomination for president, has released all of her remaining delegates ahead of the Republican National Convention.

“The nominating convention is a time for Republican unity. Joe Biden is not competent to serve a second term and Kamala Harris would be a disaster for America. We need a president who will hold our enemies to account, secure our border, cut our debt, and get our economy back on track. I encourage my delegates to support Donald Trump next week in Milwaukee," Nikki Haley said in a statement.

Haley, who had 97 delegates from the primary process, will not be attending the convention in Milwaukee, which is scheduled to begin on July 15.

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“She was not invited, and she's fine with that," said Haley's spokesperson Chaney Denton. "Trump deserves the convention he wants. She's made it clear she's voting for him and wishes him the best."

Former President Donald Trump became the presumptive Republican nominee for president in March following wins in Georgia and Washington.

In the months since, the Biden campaign has actively been working to win over the support of Haley voters who may not want to back Trump in the fall.

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Robert Schwartz, executive director of a pro-Haley group, said Biden campaign deputy political director Juan Peñalosa participated in the call with the former South Carolina governor's supporters, which he described as a “good, kind of interactive discussion.”

Despite that outreach, Haley has been clear that she will be voting for Trump in November.