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CNN predicts that Haley is going to be the winner in the DC GOP primary

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Nikki Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, is predicted to win the Republican presidential primary in Washington, DC, according to CNN. The voting took place over three days in the only polling location, a downtown hotel.

This is Haley’s first primary victory, and it comes just before a crucial week in the GOP race, where she aims to make a strong impression as the competition becomes nationwide. Former President Donald Trump has been successful in previous contests and is expected to gain more delegates on Super Tuesday.

A statement from Haley’s spokesperson, Olivia Perez-Cubas, highlighted that Haley is the first woman to win a GOP presidential primary and suggested that Republicans close to the dysfunction in Washington are rejecting Trump and his chaos.

While Haley’s victory is notable, it was somewhat expected, with many in Washington seeing it as her best chance. Trump’s influence in the GOP in the capital, with around 22,000 registered voters, doesn’t reflect his national dominance. Although Trump won the primary in 2020, he finished third in 2016. Haley expressed optimism with an event alongside local GOP leaders on Friday.

The Trump campaign downplayed Haley’s win, framing it as a loss and emphasizing Trump’s goal to “drain the swamp” and prioritize America. According to Trump’s press secretary, Karoline Leavitt, “The swamp has claimed their queen.”

Looking ahead, Washington, DC, may not play a significant role in the general election, as it has historically supported Democratic candidates. In 2020, Biden won with over 92% of the vote, and the District has never backed a Republican presidential candidate. The highest Republican vote share was in 1972, with Richard Nixon securing a little over 21% during a landslide reelection.

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