A recent American Research Group Inc. poll has revealed that Nikki Haley, the Republican presidential candidate and former U.N. ambassador, is closing in on former President Trump’s lead in New Hampshire. The poll, conducted in December, shows Trump with 33% support and Haley closely following at 29%. This marks a significant development for Haley, indicating her growing popularity in the state.
In the same survey, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie garnered 13% support, while Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy received 6% and 5% respectively.
Haley, exuding confidence, remarked this week on Trump’s apparent unease over her rising poll numbers, referencing a new advertisement targeting her campaign. Her spokesperson emphasized the evolving dynamics of the race, suggesting it’s increasingly becoming a contest primarily between Haley and Trump. They also expressed eagerness for a potential debate in Iowa.
Trump, on the other hand, appeared unfazed by these developments in a conversation with Hugh Hewitt, a talk show host and former Reagan official. However, he later criticized the poll on his social media platform, Truth Social, dismissing it as fraudulent and taking a jab at New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, who has endorsed Haley for president.
Sununu’s endorsement is seen as a crucial boost for Haley, especially as the primaries draw nearer. Following his endorsement, Sununu openly criticized the idea of a second Trump term, predicting it would be marred by “chaos and distraction.” Trump has since responded with online attacks against Sununu.
Further bolstering Haley’s campaign, another poll by the Saint Anselm College Survey Center showed her support in New Hampshire has doubled since September. In this survey, Haley captured 30% of the likely Republican primary vote, trailing Trump by 14 points, a gap she seems to be steadily closing.