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South Carolina Republican Primary Live Updates: Donald Trump wins South Carolina, Haley vows to stay in race

Live Updates: Former President Trump defeats Nikki Haley in the South Carolina primary, jeopardizing her chances in the 2024 race.
Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump wins the South Carolina Primary according to media projections. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump wins the South Carolina Primary according to media projections. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

In a blunt head blow to her home state, Nikki Haley lost the South Carolina Republican primary to former President Donald Trump on Saturday. The defeat casts serious doubts on her future prospects in the race. The Associated Press, CNN and NBC projections lamented Trump as the winner as soon as the polls closed at 7 p.m. The outcome was not surprising, as Trump had a strong lead in the polls and claimed that the race was already over. The former president has won all the early states and is on track to secure the nomination, even though most of the delegates are still up for grabs....Read More

“We expected this, but not this soon,” he said in Columbia, S.C., shortly after his victory was announced. He said the Republican Party was “more united than ever before.”

Trump has enjoyed high popularity in South Carolina since his 2016 campaign, and he easily outperformed Haley, who was the state’s governor and a U.N. ambassador under his administration.

Haley had hoped to defy the odds, but her loss to the voters who know her best will only increase the questions about her viability.

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Feb 25, 2024 9:27 AM IST

South Carolina Primary: CNN projects Trump will pocket 6 more delegates from South Carolina

CNN predicts that South Carolina’s 2nd and 4th Congressional districts will go to ex-President Donald Trump, giving him six more delegates.

Trump has already secured 44 delegates in the state. The last six delegates will be split between the winners of the 1st and 6th Congressional districts, with three delegates each.

Feb 25, 2024 9:17 AM IST

Focus turns to Israel-Gaza war as we fix eye t Michigan Primary

As Michigan, a crucial state for the US presidential race with a sizable Arab-American community, votes in its primaries on Tuesday, Biden faces a backlash from many Democratic voters of Arab descent. They are furious with him for his staunch backing of Israel amid its attacks on Gaza.

Many of them vow to mark “uncommitted” on their ballots as a sign of protest and refuse to support the Democrat in the general election.

This could jeopardize Biden’s chances of winning Michigan, where a recent poll showed him slightly behind Trump.

Feb 25, 2024 8:51 AM IST

South Carolina Primary: Biden slams Trump for Black-American remark

In a statement reacting to the primary outcomes of tonight, President Biden denounced Donald Trump for his remarks at the Black Conservative Federation gala on Friday.

“Last night in South Carolina, Donald Trump stood on stage to make shameful, racist comments that tap into a hatred and divisiveness that is the very worst of us,” Biden said.

Feb 25, 2024 8:34 AM IST

South Carolina Primary: No response yet from Biden campaign on results

CNN has reported that Biden’s re-election campaign is using Trump’s win in South Carolina as a fundraising opportunity.

The campaign email to potential donors said that Trump is “on track” to be the GOP’s presidential candidate.

It asked for a chance to share how this affects the importance of this election and, if possible, a donation to support the campaign.

Feb 25, 2024 8:17 AM IST

South Carolina Primary: James Clyburn asks Haley to stay in the race

Speaking with CNN, South Carolina Democrat James Clyburn asserted that the legal challenges faced by Trump serve as a compelling reason for Haley to remain in the race for the Republican nomination.

“I don’t think that she should take herself out of it, especially if she has the resources,” Clyburn conveyed to the news outlet. “She should keep going. If I were in her place, that is what I would do.”

Clyburn highlighted the potential advantages for Haley, not only from a potential Trump conviction but also from other potential "embarrassments" he might encounter.

“What is going to happen if they call the bill and he’s not able to pay? There’s a lot of things that could happen, short of a conviction in a court on any kind of felonies,” Clyburn remarked.

Feb 25, 2024 8:06 AM IST

Haley aims for Super Tuesday comeback in the Northeast and West

Despite losing in her home state, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is not giving up on her campaign. According to her campaign manager Betsy Ankney, she is set to visit Michigan and eight other states that will vote on Super Tuesday in the next 10 days. Haley’s itinerary reflects her focus on the northeastern and western states, where she hopes to win more delegates. In particular, one of her campaign officials revealed that she aims to get more than 50% of the vote in Massachusetts and Vermont, which have a winner-take-all rule.

Feb 25, 2024 7:56 AM IST

South Carolina Primary: Trump to lose 3 counties in South Carolina

New York Times predicts that Donald Trump will lose Charleston, Richland and Beaufort- 3 South California counties

Feb 25, 2024 7:48 AM IST

Haley bets big on Michigan with $500,000 ad buy from super PAC

The lead super PAC backing Nikki Haley’s campaign reported a $500,000 ad buy in Michigan, the next state to vote.

SFA Fund will spend the money on digital ads in the Wolverine State, according to a new FEC filing. It’s the biggest Republican ad buy in Michigan so far, and a sign that Haley’s network wants to keep running for president after losing South Carolina.

The Michigan primary, on February 27, has seen little ad spending, unlike Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.

Haley’s campaign has spent about $437,000 on ads in Michigan, the only one to spend over $100,000. SFA Fund’s new ad buy is its first in the state.

Feb 25, 2024 7:36 AM IST

South Carolina Primary: Haley ‘feels blessed’ despite losing in her home state

The ex-governor and UN ambassador praised Trump for his win.

“I love the people of our state, regardless of the outcome,” she said to her fans in Charleston.

But Haley said she thinks Trump can’t defeat Biden in the general election.

“Our country is in trouble. But here’s the thing: America will fall apart if we choose wrong. This was never about me or my career. We have to beat Joe Biden in November,” she said.

“I think Donald Trump can’t beat Joe Biden.”

Feb 25, 2024 7:29 AM IST

Next stop? Michigan

The South Carolina primary, the first in the US South this election cycle, is over but the candidates are already eyeing the next vote.

On Tuesday, February 27, both parties will compete in the Michigan primary, a state with many union workers and Arab Americans, important groups.

Haley, who voted in Kiawah, South Carolina, on Saturday morning, said she would leave for Michigan the next day.

“We’re going to Michigan tomorrow morning. We’ll campaign there and then go to Super Tuesday states,” she said.

“That’s how far I’ve planned, for now. We’ve bought ads. We’ve announced our schedule. So we’re not stopping.”

Feb 25, 2024 7:18 AM IST

South Carolina Primary: ‘Today is not the end of our story,’ Haley vows to stay in the race

Nikki Haley, the ex-governor and UN envoy, vowed to keep running for president, despite losing the GOP primary in her home state.

“I'm a woman of my word,” she said in Charleston, South Carolina, reminding of her earlier commitment to stay in the race until Super Tuesday.

“I'm not giving up this fight.” She added, “Today is not the end of our story.”

Feb 25, 2024 7:10 AM IST

South Carolina Primary: Haley congratulates Trump for winning the primary

Haley savors the applause before starting her speech with gratitude for her family, especially her husband, Maj. Michael Haley, and her children, who have been very supportive, “maybe too much,” she jokes. She says it was an honor to serve her state. Haley acknowledges Trump’s win. “I love the people of our state, regardless of the outcome,” she says.

Feb 25, 2024 7:03 AM IST

South Carolina Primary: Nikki Haley says she will stay in the race until Super Tuesday

Nikki Haley, the former governor and UN ambassador, voted in the South Carolina Republican primary at a private centre on Kiawah Island, along with her mother and children.

She told reporters that she was thankful for the opportunity and that she would not quit the primary anytime soon.

“I’m not giving up until Super Tuesday,” Haley said, when asked about her future plans. “That’s how far I’ve planned ahead.”

She also explained that her earlier statement about staying in the race “until the last person votes” meant the last person in South Carolina, not the last person in the country.

Feb 25, 2024 6:46 AM IST

South Carolina Primary: AP called Trump as the winner even before the poll closed, how did they do it?

The AP announced Trump as the winner right after the polls closed in South Carolina. It made this decision based on AP VoteCast, a detailed survey of the state’s Republican primary voters.

“The survey confirms the findings of pre-Election Day polls showing Trump far outpacing Haley statewide,” the AP said.

It also said that Trump had a “huge margin” of victory in every part of the state.

“Declaring a winner as polls close based on the results of AP’s VoteCast survey — and before election officials publicly release tabulated votes — is not unusual in heavily lopsided contests like Saturday’s primary.”

Feb 25, 2024 6:38 AM IST

South Carolina Primary: Haley talks about her mother Raj Kaur Randhawa

During her speech, Nikki Haley said that her mother Raj Kaur Randhawa was never able to sit on the bench in India. Raj Kaur received her law degree from the University of Delhi.

Haley's parents emigrated from India to Canada in 1964.

“My mom, when she was in India, she was a lawyer and one of the first female judges. And because of the times, she was never able to sit on the bench,” Haley shared.

Feb 25, 2024 6:28 AM IST

South Carolina Primary: Haley supporters cheered in once she crossed the 40% slab

As the vote count showed Nikki Haley crossing the 40 per cent mark, her supporters erupted in joy. They clanged cowbells and held up Haley signs. Many of them said they would not be disheartened even if she lost her home state, as long as she made progress and beat the expectations.

Feb 25, 2024 6:15 AM IST

South Carolina Primary: Trump just closed his speech but didn't mention Haley once

During his victory speech, Donald Trump ignored Nikki Haley completely. He only mentioned her humiliating defeat by the “None of These Candidates” option in Nevada, without acknowledging her as a contender.

Feb 25, 2024 6:10 AM IST

South Carolina Primary: Trump says ‘Joe, you’re fired’ after the primary win

Trump boasted a “larger victory than we expected” in the South Carolina Republican Primary Saturday night, saying he can’t wait to face President Biden in November and say, “Joe, you’re fired.”

The former president and 2024 GOP frontrunner was declared the winner of the primary as soon as the polls closed Saturday night.

“This is really something. This was a little sooner than we anticipated and an even bigger win than we anticipated,” Trump said.

“And I was just informed that we got double the number of votes that has ever been received in the great state of South Carolina.”

Feb 25, 2024 6:05 AM IST

South Carolina Primary: Trump is set to secure a minimum of 38 delegates, with 12 yet to be allocated

Edison Research's projection claims that the former president will pocket at least 38 delegates in South Carolina, with 12 yet to be allocated

Feb 25, 2024 6:02 AM IST

South Carolina Primary: South Carolina Republicans join Trump in victory rally. Here's what they have to say

Trump welcomed South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and South Carolina Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott to the stage after his victory speech.

The trio of South Carolina Republicans roused the audience, with McMaster saying, “Don’t forget this moment that you witnessed … We’re at full speed. We’re not stopping.”

Scott posed a question to the jubilant crowd, “One survey question … Is South Carolina Trump country?”

And Graham praised Trump’s victory by calling him “the most qualified man to be president of the United States.”"

Feb 25, 2024 5:58 AM IST

South Carolina Primary: Trump thanks Sen Lindsey Graham and Michael Whatley

As he often does, Donald Trump expressed his gratitude to Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, for backing him up. But Graham is far from being a favorite among the crowd here, who booed him loudly when he took the stage, as they usually do at Trump rallies. Donald Trump also praised Michael Whatley, the North Carolina Republican Party chair and his preferred candidate for the Republican National Committee chair. Trump said he expected Whatley to become the R.N.C. leader, and then he mentioned Kellyanne Conway and hinted that she could also have a role in the committee.

Feb 25, 2024 5:50 AM IST

South Carolina Primary: Trump secured all 29 statewide delegates in the Republican Primary

With several outlets prediction that Donald Trump will take the South Carolina Republican primary and all 29 of its statewide delegates by 7 p.m. ET.

The other 21 delegates will go to the winners of each of the seven congressional districts, with three delegates per district.

In the primaries so far, Trump has 92 delegates and Nikki Haley has 17.

Feb 25, 2024 5:46 AM IST

South Carolina Primary: Haley snubbed by Trump as he boasts of party support

After winning every major primary, Donald Trump claims that “never seen the Republican Party so unified as it is right now.”

“Our country is going to be respected again, respected like never before. So this is a fantastic evening. It's an early evening, but a fantastic one,” he continued.

He has not said anything about Nikki Haley or even hinted at her.

Feb 25, 2024 5:36 AM IST

South Carolina Primary: Trump wins the Republican Primary

Several outlets including AP, CNN, and NBC predict that Donald Trump, the former President, will secure victory in South Carolina's Republican primary, surpassing Nikki Haley in her home state. The primary involves the allocation of fifty GOP delegates.

Feb 25, 2024 5:24 AM IST

GOP Chair Urges Soul Searching for Haley

South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Drew McKissick said Haley should do some hard thinking about the future of her campaign if she loses her home state.

“If after South Carolina you’re oh-and-four, and you’re looking at the rest of the calendar where President Trump has a 30- to 50-point lead in all these states — again, you have to do some soul-searching,” McKissick said Saturday.

Source: Bloomberg

Feb 24, 2024 11:07 PM IST

Trump claims ‘left’ is ‘trying to shame Christians’, vows to defend Christianity

Former President Donald Trump promised to use a second term in the White House to defend Christian values and even suggested he'd shield the faith's central iconography, warning a convention of religious broadcasters on Thursday night that the left wants “to tear down crosses.” READ MORE

Feb 24, 2024 10:23 PM IST

Donald Trump believes ‘the Black people like’ him due to relatability factor: ‘I’m being indicted for you'

Up in the running for the 2024 Republican presidential race, Donald Trump believes that Black people like him because “they have been hurt so badly and discriminated against”, which he conflates with the ongoing legal squabbles interfering with his campaign.

On Friday night, Trump received the Champion of Black America honour at the Black Conservative Federation's annual gala. His acceptance speech was one of a kind when he claimed that he'd been indicted for the American people. “I got indicted a second time and third time and fourth time, and a lot of people said that's why the Black people like me, because they have been hurt so badly and discriminated against, and they actually viewed me as I'm being discriminated against”, Trump said. READ MORE

Feb 24, 2024 9:18 PM IST

No chance of Nikki Haley becoming Trump VP: ‘Doing this to wake up our country’

Despite facing defeat at the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries to Donald Trump, former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley is in for the long haul. The ex-US president's rival Republican candidate has admitted to there being no chance of her stepping in as the vice presidential nominee by Trump's side.

Speaking with Fox News during her final campaigning days in South Carolina, Haley addressed people speculating her wanting to come in as the vice president. Intercepting that train of thought, she added, "I think ’we’ve pretty much settled that. I’ve said it for months, it’s done." READ MORE

Feb 24, 2024 9:10 PM IST

Biden's Democratic challenger Dean Phillips offers to be Nikki Haley’s VP on ‘unity ticket’

Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips, who is still running against President Joe Biden for the Democratic nomination, suggested that he would consider becoming Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley's running mate on a "unity ticket" to oppose Biden and Donald Trump.

Philips recently appeared on the Chad Hartman Show, where the WCCO radio host asked if he would vote Haley over Biden in case she becomes the 2024 Republican nominee.

“Wouldn't all your listeners be maybe more compelled by Nikki Haley and Dean Phillips getting together on a unity ticket, and actually doing for the first time perhaps in our country's history what most Americans actually want, which is cooperation, collaboration, participation, decency, common sense leadership," he responded. READ MORE

Feb 24, 2024 8:51 PM IST

Nikki Haley supports Alabama SC's ruling that embryos are children: ‘To me, that’s a life’

Nikki Haley said in an interview on Wednesday, February 21, that she agrees with an Alabama Supreme Court ruling saying frozen embryos are considered people in the state. “Embryos, to me, are babies,” Haley told NBC News. READ MORE

Feb 24, 2024 8:19 PM IST

Fox News cuts off Trump mid-speech during South Carolina rally for fact-checking

Ahead of Saturday's Republican primary in Nikki Haley's home state, Donald Trump campaigned in South Carolina. However, the coverage of his rally speech was cut short by Fox News for fact-checking multiple points. On Friday, anchor Neil Cavuto muted the former US president mid-speech to correct some of the points made by him. “Even though he’s entitled to his opinion, he’s not entitled to his own set of facts,” Cavuto said as he argued against Trump's false claims on several topics, including the stock market, gas prices, and the 2020 election. READ MORE

Feb 24, 2024 7:41 PM IST

Trump says he ‘strongly’ believes in IVF treatments amid Alabama ruling ahead of South Carolina Primary

Donald Trump extends his support to those in need of IVF treatments after Alabama Court's ruling on "frozen embryos" (REUTERS)
Donald Trump extends his support to those in need of IVF treatments after Alabama Court's ruling on "frozen embryos" (REUTERS)

Donald Trump, the former US president, has come out in favour of IVF treatments, saying that he and the Republican party “will always support the creation of strong, thriving, healthy American families”. READ MORE

Feb 24, 2024 7:10 PM IST

Donald Trump aiming to embarrass Nikki Haley in her home state South Carolina

Former President Donald Trump is looking to win his fourth straight primary state on Saturday over Nikki Haley in South Carolina, aiming to hand a home-state embarrassment to his last remaining major rival for the Republican nomination. READ MORE

Feb 24, 2024 6:47 PM IST

Nikki Haley mocks Trump and Biden's age during final pitch to home crowd ahead of South Carolina Primary

Before the South Carolina Primary in her home state, GOP presidential hopeful Nikki Haley made her last pitch to the voters in Mount Pleasant on Friday. She attacked her main rival, Donald Trump, and claimed that she was the only one who could beat President Biden in the general election. READ MORE

Feb 24, 2024 6:38 PM IST

Here's what South Carolina Republican primary means for Nikki Haley

Nikki Haley is all set to face her presidential bid rival, Donald Trump, at Saturday's Republican primary in South Carolina. Having already swept up Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada, the ex-POTUS has emerged as the frontrunner for GOP. Although Haley is trailing behind Trump, she may have an edge in her home state, where she was a governor for six years. Early caucuses and primaries have historically proven to pave the way for the ultimate win in the presidential race. So, what does the February 24 primary mean for Haley? READ MORE

Feb 24, 2024 6:21 PM IST

Important timings for South Carolina GOP Primary

What time do the polls open? The polls open at 7AM ET.

When do they close? The polls close at 7PM ET.

Was early voting allowed? Early voting was also open from Feb 12 to Feb 22.

When will we know South Carolina Republican primary results? Results will only come after the polls close.

Feb 24, 2024 5:31 PM IST

US 2024 Presidential Election: Who all are in the running?

  1. Republicans

DONALD TRUMP

Trump has leveraged his civil cases and indictments in four criminal cases - unprecedented for a former American president - to boost his popularity among Republicans and raise funds, helping to make him the Republican frontrunner with 64%, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling. He scored victories in the early nominating contests of Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada, and is pushing to replace Republican National Committee leadership with his own top allies ahead of the party's July nominating convention.

NIKKI HALEY A former South Carolina governor and Trump's ambassador to the United Nations, Haley, 52, has emphasized her relative youth compared to Biden, 81, and Trump, as well as her background as the daughter of Indian immigrants. She had gained a reputation in the Republican Party as a solid conservative who could address issues of gender and race in a more credible fashion than many of her peers

2) Democrats

JOE BIDEN

Biden, 81, already the oldest U.S. president ever, will have to convince voters he has the stamina for another four years in office, amid poor approval ratings and a special counsel report suggesting he suffered memory lapses. Biden has blasted the report, and his allies say he believes he is the only Democratic candidate who can defeat Trump and protect democracy. The most recent Reuters/Ipsos poll put Biden at 34%, while Trump garnered 37% — close to the 2.9 percentage-point margin of error.

DEAN PHILLIPS

Dean Phillips, a little-known U.S. congressman from Minnesota, announced in October he would mount a long-shot challenge to Biden because he does not believe the president can win another term. The 55-year-old millionaire businessman and gelato company co-founder announced his bid in a one-minute video posted online, saying: "We've got some challenges. ... We're going to repair this economy, and we are going to repair America."

INDEPENDENTS

ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR

An anti-vaccine activist, Kennedy, 70, is running as an independent after initially challenging Biden for the Democratic nomination, but he is far behind in polling. Some recent Reuters/Ipsos polls showed Kennedy could harm Biden more than Trump in the presidential election, where third-party candidates have affected the outcome of U.S. elections even without winning.

CORNEL WEST

The political activist, philosopher and academic said in June he would launch a third-party bid for president that is likely to appeal to progressive, Democratic-leaning voters.

West, 70, initially ran as a Green Party candidate, but in October he said people "want good policies over partisan politics" and announced his bid as an independent. He has promised to end poverty and guarantee housing.

JILL STEIN

Jill Stein, a physician, re-upped her 2016 Green Party bid on Nov. 9, accusing Democrats of betraying their promises "for working people, youth and the climate again and again - while Republicans don’t even make such promises in the first place."

Stein, 73, raised millions of dollars for recounts after Trump's surprise 2016 victory. Her allegations yielded only one electoral review in Wisconsin, which showed Trump had won.

Feb 24, 2024 11:07 PM IST

Trump claims ‘left’ is ‘trying to shame Christians’, vows to defend Christianity

Former President Donald Trump promised to use a second term in the White House to defend Christian values and even suggested he'd shield the faith's central iconography, warning a convention of religious broadcasters on Thursday night that the left wants “to tear down crosses.” READ MORE

Feb 24, 2024 10:23 PM IST

Donald Trump believes ‘the Black people like’ him due to relatability factor: ‘I’m being indicted for you'

Up in the running for the 2024 Republican presidential race, Donald Trump believes that Black people like him because “they have been hurt so badly and discriminated against”, which he conflates with the ongoing legal squabbles interfering with his campaign.

On Friday night, Trump received the Champion of Black America honour at the Black Conservative Federation's annual gala. His acceptance speech was one of a kind when he claimed that he'd been indicted for the American people. “I got indicted a second time and third time and fourth time, and a lot of people said that's why the Black people like me, because they have been hurt so badly and discriminated against, and they actually viewed me as I'm being discriminated against”, Trump said. READ MORE

Feb 24, 2024 9:18 PM IST

No chance of Nikki Haley becoming Trump VP: ‘Doing this to wake up our country’

Despite facing defeat at the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries to Donald Trump, former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley is in for the long haul. The ex-US president's rival Republican candidate has admitted to there being no chance of her stepping in as the vice presidential nominee by Trump's side.

Speaking with Fox News during her final campaigning days in South Carolina, Haley addressed people speculating her wanting to come in as the vice president. Intercepting that train of thought, she added, "I think ’we’ve pretty much settled that. I’ve said it for months, it’s done." READ MORE

Feb 24, 2024 9:10 PM IST

Biden's Democratic challenger Dean Phillips offers to be Nikki Haley’s VP on ‘unity ticket’

Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips, who is still running against President Joe Biden for the Democratic nomination, suggested that he would consider becoming Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley's running mate on a "unity ticket" to oppose Biden and Donald Trump.

Philips recently appeared on the Chad Hartman Show, where the WCCO radio host asked if he would vote Haley over Biden in case she becomes the 2024 Republican nominee.

“Wouldn't all your listeners be maybe more compelled by Nikki Haley and Dean Phillips getting together on a unity ticket, and actually doing for the first time perhaps in our country's history what most Americans actually want, which is cooperation, collaboration, participation, decency, common sense leadership," he responded. READ MORE

Feb 24, 2024 8:51 PM IST

Nikki Haley supports Alabama SC's ruling that embryos are children: ‘To me, that’s a life’

Nikki Haley said in an interview on Wednesday, February 21, that she agrees with an Alabama Supreme Court ruling saying frozen embryos are considered people in the state. “Embryos, to me, are babies,” Haley told NBC News. READ MORE

Feb 24, 2024 8:19 PM IST

Fox News cuts off Trump mid-speech during South Carolina rally for fact-checking

Ahead of Saturday's Republican primary in Nikki Haley's home state, Donald Trump campaigned in South Carolina. However, the coverage of his rally speech was cut short by Fox News for fact-checking multiple points. On Friday, anchor Neil Cavuto muted the former US president mid-speech to correct some of the points made by him. “Even though he’s entitled to his opinion, he’s not entitled to his own set of facts,” Cavuto said as he argued against Trump's false claims on several topics, including the stock market, gas prices, and the 2020 election. READ MORE

Feb 24, 2024 7:41 PM IST

Trump says he ‘strongly’ believes in IVF treatments amid Alabama ruling ahead of South Carolina Primary

Donald Trump extends his support to those in need of IVF treatments after Alabama Court's ruling on "frozen embryos" (REUTERS)
Donald Trump extends his support to those in need of IVF treatments after Alabama Court's ruling on "frozen embryos" (REUTERS)

Donald Trump, the former US president, has come out in favour of IVF treatments, saying that he and the Republican party “will always support the creation of strong, thriving, healthy American families”. READ MORE

Feb 24, 2024 7:10 PM IST

Donald Trump aiming to embarrass Nikki Haley in her home state South Carolina

Former President Donald Trump is looking to win his fourth straight primary state on Saturday over Nikki Haley in South Carolina, aiming to hand a home-state embarrassment to his last remaining major rival for the Republican nomination. READ MORE

Feb 24, 2024 6:47 PM IST

Nikki Haley mocks Trump and Biden's age during final pitch to home crowd ahead of South Carolina Primary

Before the South Carolina Primary in her home state, GOP presidential hopeful Nikki Haley made her last pitch to the voters in Mount Pleasant on Friday. She attacked her main rival, Donald Trump, and claimed that she was the only one who could beat President Biden in the general election. READ MORE

Feb 24, 2024 6:38 PM IST

Here's what South Carolina Republican primary means for Nikki Haley

Nikki Haley is all set to face her presidential bid rival, Donald Trump, at Saturday's Republican primary in South Carolina. Having already swept up Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada, the ex-POTUS has emerged as the frontrunner for GOP. Although Haley is trailing behind Trump, she may have an edge in her home state, where she was a governor for six years. Early caucuses and primaries have historically proven to pave the way for the ultimate win in the presidential race. So, what does the February 24 primary mean for Haley? READ MORE

Feb 24, 2024 6:21 PM IST

Important timings for South Carolina GOP Primary

What time do the polls open? The polls open at 7AM ET.

When do they close? The polls close at 7PM ET.

Was early voting allowed? Early voting was also open from Feb 12 to Feb 22.

When will we know South Carolina Republican primary results? Results will only come after the polls close.

Feb 24, 2024 5:31 PM IST

US 2024 Presidential Election: Who all are in the running?

  1. Republicans

DONALD TRUMP

Trump has leveraged his civil cases and indictments in four criminal cases - unprecedented for a former American president - to boost his popularity among Republicans and raise funds, helping to make him the Republican frontrunner with 64%, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling. He scored victories in the early nominating contests of Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada, and is pushing to replace Republican National Committee leadership with his own top allies ahead of the party's July nominating convention.

NIKKI HALEY A former South Carolina governor and Trump's ambassador to the United Nations, Haley, 52, has emphasized her relative youth compared to Biden, 81, and Trump, as well as her background as the daughter of Indian immigrants. She had gained a reputation in the Republican Party as a solid conservative who could address issues of gender and race in a more credible fashion than many of her peers

2) Democrats

JOE BIDEN

Biden, 81, already the oldest U.S. president ever, will have to convince voters he has the stamina for another four years in office, amid poor approval ratings and a special counsel report suggesting he suffered memory lapses. Biden has blasted the report, and his allies say he believes he is the only Democratic candidate who can defeat Trump and protect democracy. The most recent Reuters/Ipsos poll put Biden at 34%, while Trump garnered 37% — close to the 2.9 percentage-point margin of error.

DEAN PHILLIPS

Dean Phillips, a little-known U.S. congressman from Minnesota, announced in October he would mount a long-shot challenge to Biden because he does not believe the president can win another term. The 55-year-old millionaire businessman and gelato company co-founder announced his bid in a one-minute video posted online, saying: "We've got some challenges. ... We're going to repair this economy, and we are going to repair America."

INDEPENDENTS

ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR

An anti-vaccine activist, Kennedy, 70, is running as an independent after initially challenging Biden for the Democratic nomination, but he is far behind in polling. Some recent Reuters/Ipsos polls showed Kennedy could harm Biden more than Trump in the presidential election, where third-party candidates have affected the outcome of U.S. elections even without winning.

CORNEL WEST

The political activist, philosopher and academic said in June he would launch a third-party bid for president that is likely to appeal to progressive, Democratic-leaning voters.

West, 70, initially ran as a Green Party candidate, but in October he said people "want good policies over partisan politics" and announced his bid as an independent. He has promised to end poverty and guarantee housing.

JILL STEIN

Jill Stein, a physician, re-upped her 2016 Green Party bid on Nov. 9, accusing Democrats of betraying their promises "for working people, youth and the climate again and again - while Republicans don’t even make such promises in the first place."

Stein, 73, raised millions of dollars for recounts after Trump's surprise 2016 victory. Her allegations yielded only one electoral review in Wisconsin, which showed Trump had won.

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