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Dick Morris to Newsmax: Haley 'Trying to Hijack' NH Primary

By    |   Saturday, 13 January 2024 02:16 PM EST

Former President Donald Trump will handily win the Iowa caucuses, but he "faces a threat" in New Hampshire from Nikki Haley, who is "trying to hijack the Republican primary" there, political adviser Dick Morris told Newsmax on Saturday.

"By that, I mean in New Hampshire, they let independents vote in both the Democratic or Republican primary, and since there is no Democratic primary, [Joe] Biden is not even on the ballot," Morris told Newsmax's "Saturday Report."

"All the independents will get to migrate to the Republican primary, and a lot of those are not really independents," he added. "They are Democrats in independents' clothing and Nikki Haley is trying to import them into the Republican primary to defeat Trump."

Morris said that when the "anti-Trump people" met over the Christmas holiday and "christened Haley as their candidate" they decided to focus on attracting independents to come to the Republican primary and defeat Republicans who are for Trump.

The plan, he added, is not a "desperate Hail Mary" but a reasoned-out strategy with a lot of momentum, but he said he doesn't think it will work.

"Trump has a massive lead that's 50 or 60 points among Republicans in the Republican primary in New Hampshire, but among independents, Haley is carrying them by about 10," said Morris. "It will dilute his [lead] a little but we have to realize Nikki Haley is essentially trying to run as a Democrat with Democrat votes in the Republican primary."

Meanwhile, Trump said this week that he knows who his running mate will be, but Morris said Saturday he doesn't know who that would be.

"Trump does not need a specific person to be vice president," said Morris. "He doesn't need to win votes in the primary by having a VP candidate. The only thing it could do is cost him in the election ... I think that there are already choices he can make that are vetted, that have actually been through the media mill."

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Sandy Fitzgerald

Sandy Fitzgerald has more than three decades in journalism and serves as a general assignment writer for Newsmax covering news, media, and politics. 

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