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Nikki Haley

( – Seeking to level the playing field using the same tools as the frontrunner in the 2024 presidential election, Nikki Haley is leveraging a key strategy often favored by former President Donald Trump: the emphasis on polling data.

With the Iowa caucuses looming on January 15th, the former ambassador to the United Nations and governor of South Carolina underscores the critical importance of polls that suggest she poses a significant threat to Joe Biden, unlike her competitors.

During a recent campaign event in Iowa, Haley highlighted, “You look at the last general election poll, head-to-head with Biden, Trump is even. On a good day, he will be up two points. [Florida Gov. Ron] DeSantis doesn’t beat Biden. In every one of those general election polls, everyone, I beat Biden by double digits.”

Haley’s statement reflects her aim to fortify her position as the primary alternative to Trump and to narrow his lead in the early primaries. Despite Trump’s 2020 election loss, his influence over the GOP primary electorate remains robust, as evidenced by his substantial leads in Iowa and New Hampshire polls. Nevertheless, Haley looks forward to building momentum to alter the current political dynamics.

Her efforts to position herself as the most viable general election candidate were somewhat overshadowed by the recent Colorado Supreme Court ruling that barred Trump from the state’s ballot due to his alleged involvement in an “insurrection.” This move inadvertently redirected attention away from Haley’s campaign narrative.

However, Haley’s claims are supported by various polls, including a recent Wall Street Journal survey showing her with a notable 17-point advantage over Biden, compared to Trump’s narrower four-point lead.

Furthermore, a Muhlenberg College poll presented Haley with a five-point edge over Biden in the pivotal battleground state of Pennsylvania. At the same time, a New York Times/Siena College survey indicated her outperforming Biden in six key battleground states.

In contrast, Trump led Biden in five of these states, except for Wisconsin, where he trailed Biden slightly, but Haley led the president by 11 points. These polling insights are central to Haley’s campaign strategy as she endeavors to establish herself as the Republican Party’s most electable candidate against Joe Biden.