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    Trump dominates Super Tuesday, but Nikki Haley avoids a sweep

    By Madison Hall,Kwan Wei Kevin Tan,

    Former President Donald Trump makes a speech as he attends the 2024 Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.
    • Former President Donald Trump is on path to win the majority of delegates on Super Tuesday.
    • He's now within striking distance of securing the Republican Party's 2024 presidential nomination.
    • For Haley to win, she'll need to outperform all available polling in the remaining primaries.

    Former President Donald Trump easily defeated his former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley on Super Tuesday in every state except Vermont , all but guaranteeing him the Republican Party's presidential nomination.

    Fifteen states nationwide held primaries on Tuesday, amounting to more than a third of the overall GOP primary delegate count. And while each state apportions its delegates differently — some allotting all to the winner while other states tie it to county or other performance metrics — by night's end, Trump was on pace to win almost all of them.

    The Republican former president was surprisingly unable to beat Haley in Vermont on Super Tuesday. As a result, Haley and her campaign gained 17 delegates to her small current total.

    Haley's campaign pointed to the fact that despite Trump's near sweep, there still remains a portion of GOP primary votes that continues to oppose the former president even as he nears an almost-certain nomination.

    "Unity is not achieved by simply claiming 'we're united.' Today, in state after state, there remains a large block of Republican primary voters who are expressing deep concerns about Donald Trump," Haley national spokesperson Olivia Perez-Cubas said in a statement. "That is not the unity our party needs for success."

    Trump won every other contest outside of Vermont on Tuesday, including the delegate-rich California. Trump's current delegate total stands at 1057; Haley has 92.

    Trump has not yet amassed a majority of all the GOP delegates needed to become the party's presumptive nominee ahead of the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee. As it stands, Haley can still win the nomination, though it'd require handily defeating Trump in state after state, surpassing polling.

    Thus far, Haley has only managed to win two GOP primaries in Washington and Vermont. She failed to wrest Alaska and Maine from Trump on Tuesday despite securing endorsements from their respective senators, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins .

    As Business Insider noted in December 2023, Trump has long appeared to have an edge at re-earning the party's nomination after state party leaders tweaked delegate allocation rules.

    At the end of January, Haley said she couldn't predict her campaign's plans after Super Tuesday.

    "As long as I keep growing per state, I am in this race," Haley told NBC's Kristen Welker. "I have every intention of going to Super Tuesday. Through Super Tuesday, we're going to keep on going and see where this gets us. That's what we know we're going to do right now. I take it one state at a time. I don't think too far ahead."

    Despite her win in Vermont, Haley did not give a speech Tuesday evening, while Trump gave one from Mar-a-Lago without mentioning her name once.

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