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Gov. Nikki Haley's Role in the 2016 Presidential Race Weakens

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Monday, 21 Mar 2016 11:40 AM

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley role in this year's presidential election is drying up, The State newspaper reports.

Haley was viewed as a fast-rising Republican star when she was chosen to give the GOP rebuttal to President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address and was being talked about as vice presidential running mate.

But not much has happened since then.

She backed Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida for the GOP presidential nomination. Then when Rubio lost in his home state primary to Donald Trump and exited the race, Haley threw her
support behind Se. Ted Cruz of Texas.

But The State says her support of Cruz, who is not well liked among his fellow Republicans on Capitol Hill, was "not very enthusiastic" and she's not "offering any direct help" to Cruz to defeat Trump, the GOP front-runner.

Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia told the newspaper, "This reinforces what Trump voters think about the establishment trying to deny their guy the nomination. The thinking is that they'll go with anybody at this point."

Haley's stature in the GOP would likely be further reduced if Trump, whom she recently said was "everything a governor doesn't want in a president," wins the GOP nomination.

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