Many Americans are wondering why the GOP continues the presidential primaries. According to most polls, Donald Trump has a commanding lead over his rivals.
It is unlikely anyone will be able to overcome the polling gap. Yet there are some top conservatives who do not want Trump to win the nomination.
Powerful donors have been withholding support, waiting to see who could best the former president. Now, a major anti-Trump donor has made its move. And they are upsetting a GOP favorite.
The political network founded by the Koch brothers is endorsing Nikki Haley in the Republican presidential primary race, giving her organizational muscle and financial heft as she battles Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida for second place in Iowa…
Since the first Republican primary debate, Ms. Haley has steadily climbed in polls, and is closely competing with Mr. DeSantis for the second-place slot in Iowa. Former President Donald J. Trump remains the dominant front-runner in the race.
Americans for Prosperity Action, a PAC run by conservative donors the Koch brothers, is endorsing Nikki Haley. Haley went from being a longshot candidate to a third-place contender in the GOP primaries.
In some states, she is even beating Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in some polls.
There are only seven weeks before the first states begin casting their votes. The Koch endorsement might be late, given how fast the primaries are approaching. But as we draw to the end of 2023, expect Haley to use every last bit of support she can get to pull ahead of DeSantis.
This endorsement might be enough for Haley to end up in second place. But does that mean she can topple Trump’s dominance? In most polls, Trump has a seemingly insurmountable lead over other GOP candidates.
It is possible, though not likely, that a large injection of cash and support from the Kochs could sway the balance in Haley’s favor. She might be able to muster enough support in early primary states, to build momentum.
It might depend on how well she uses this support in the coming weeks. Haley has suffered from some minor setbacks, including an embarrassing gaffe in the last debate. It remains to be seen if she can pivot and win voters from the other candidates.
The Republican Party is suffering from a massive shortage of funds, going into the next year. Many have refused to back the party, given its refusal to get behind Trump as the frontrunner. Donors like the Koch brothers continue to oppose Trump’s influence, which could lead to fragmenting within the GOP.
- Large Republican donors, the Koch brothers are backing Nikki Haley’s campaign.
- The support from this PAC could propel Haley ahead of Ron DeSantis.
- Both candidates are trailing Donald Trump by a large margin.