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Trump wins as Haley vows to stay in race

Washington — Former President Donald Trump will win the New Hampshire Republican primary, CBS News projects, defeating his sole remaining rival Nikki Haley in a victory that further cements his status as the clear front-runner for the party’s 2024 presidential nomination.

While votes continue to be counted and Trump’s final margin of victory remains to be seen, his win in the Granite State deals a blow to Haley’s efforts to unite a viable anti-Trump coalition of moderate Republicans and independents behind her candidacy.

Speaking after Trump’s victory came into focus, the former U.N. ambassador and South Carolina governor quickly said she would remain in the race, telling supporters that “this race is far from over.” Haley faced immediate pressure from Trump supporters to drop out of the race and unite the party.

“I have news for all of you — New Hampshire is first in the nation, it is not the last in the nation,” she said.

Haley had been closing the gap with Trump in the weeks leading up to New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary, and the electorate in Tuesday’s contest was far more moderate than the voters who delivered Trump’s victory in the Iowa caucuses. Republicans eager for an alternative to Trump had hoped that the state’s large number of independent voters, who could participate in either party’s contest, would propel Haley to victory, but the time and money she and her backers devoted ultimately weren’t enough to loosen Trump’s grip on the GOP.

With his win in New Hampshire and decisive victory in Iowa, Trump has now topped the first two contests of the 2024 election cycle. The winners of the primary in the Granite State in the last four competitive election cycles have gone on to secure the party’s presidential nomination, including Trump in 2016. No Republican in the modern primary era has lost the nomination after winning both Iowa and New Hampshire.

Twenty-two Republican delegates out of the 2,391 up for grabs nationwide are at stake in New Hampshire, which allocates delegates proportional to a candidate’s share of the vote in the state. Trump is projected to win at least 11 delegates, and Haley is projected to win at least eight.

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