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Super Tuesday countdown: Haley notches her first GOP primary win in DC ahead of North Dakota caucus

 

The Republican presidential nominating contest will reach its apex on March 5, when 16 states will hold primaries and more than 800 GOP delegates will be up for grabs. 

Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley notched her first victory of the 2024 primary campaign on Sunday, besting former President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., and capturing nearly 63% of the vote, according to an Associated Press call of the race about 90 minutes after polls closed. 

The Haley campaign looks to carry the momentum to Monday's contest in North Dakota, where 29 delegates are up for grabs.

On Saturday, Republican delegates in three states were awarded to Trump as Idaho and Missouri held caucuses and Michigan allocated additional delegates in its Republican state convention – days after it held its primary.

Here's a look at the state of the race heading into Super Tuesday:

Haley's first primary win in Washington, D.C. on Sunday means she will walk away with 19 delegates. D.C. represented Haley's possible best shot at notching a victory and ending Trump's undefeated primary streak. While Trump won the district in an uncontested 2020 primary, he finished a distant third behind Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich during the 2016 primary. The district also leans heavily Democrat, with President Biden garnering 92% of the Washington, D.C., vote in the 2020 election.

With Trump's status as the clear front-runner in seemingly little danger, Haley was asked Sunday on 'Meet the Press' whether she planned to support the former president if he secures the GOP nomination, something the former South Carolina governor refused to commit to despite an earlier pledge.

'If you talk about an endorsement, you're talking about a loss. I don't think like that,' Haley said when asked if she felt bound by an RNC pledge to support the eventual nominee. 'What I can tell you is I don't think Donald Trump or Joe Biden should be president.'

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled in December that Trump is disqualified from being president again and ineligible for the state's primary – which is Tuesday. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the case that will determine whether the former president can be kicked off Colorado’s state primary ballot for allegedly interfering in the 2020 election could arrive as early as Monday. 

 

'When you're in a race, you don't think about losing.'

—  —Nikki Haley on ‘Meet the Press’

Fox News Digital's Paul Steinhauser, Chris Pandolfo, Jamie Joseph, Andrew Miller, Bradford Betz, Michael Lee and Thomas Phippen contributed to this report.


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