Trump Concerned as Haley Closes Gap in NH Polls



by ZAIN UL ABEDIN

Trump Concerned as Haley Closes Gap in NH Polls
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In a recent poll that has stirred the political landscape, Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley is trailing former President Donald Trump by a mere 4 points in New Hampshire, igniting a fiery online response from Trump.

This development, revealed in a December American Research Group Inc. survey, indicates a tightening race in the Republican presidential primary. Trump, maintaining a notable presence, secured 33 percent support among voters.

However, Haley's ascent to 29 percent marks a significant achievement for the former U.N. ambassador. This proximity to Trump's lead, well within the poll's 4-point margin of error, suggests a rapidly evolving political battle in the state.

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie garnered 13 percent, while Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy received 6 and 5 percent, respectively.

Haley vs. Trump: Rising Tensions

This week, Haley, exuding confidence, remarked that Trump is evidently "getting nervous" about her ascending poll numbers.

This observation aligns with a new ad released targeting her campaign. A spokesperson for Haley emphasized the emerging dichotomy in the race, framing it as a head-to-head contest between Haley and Trump, and expressed eagerness for a debate in Iowa.

Contrasting this, Trump, in a conversation with conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt, dismissed concerns over the poll and Haley's mounting support in New Hampshire. He later criticized the poll on his social media platform Truth Social, labeling it as "fake" and part of a larger "scam," and took a swipe at New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, calling him one of the least popular governors in the U.S.

This followed Sununu's recent endorsement of Haley, a notable boost for her campaign.

Haley's Surging Popularity

Sununu, post-endorsement, critiqued a potential second Trump presidency as a path to "chaos and distraction," fueling further tension.

Trump has since launched online attacks against Sununu. In a revealing trend, Haley has doubled her support in the early voting state since September, as per a Saint Anselm College Survey Center report. This survey showed Haley capturing 30 percent of the likely Republican primary vote, trailing Trump by 14 points.

The American Research Group's survey, conducted from December 14-20, involved 600 likely Republican primary voters, providing a snapshot of the evolving political dynamics as the race intensifies.