Washington, Jan 16 (EFE).- Former United States President Donald Trump and other candidates for the Republican presidential nomination continued their campaign Tuesday in New Hampshire, the second stop in the primary process after the Iowa caucuses.
Trump, who took 51 percent of the vote Monday in Iowa, appeared Tuesday night before his supporters in Atkinson, New Hampshire, visibly pleased at having achieved the largest victory in history in the state’s caucuses.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis came second with 21.2 percent of the votes, followed by former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley who stood at 19.1 percent.
The former president’s entourage took aim at Haley in Atkinson, with Spokesman Steven Cheung calling her a “desperate globalist who wants higher taxes, open borders, and China to dominate the United States.”
“That’s why the only people who are voting for her are Democrats who are trying to interfere in a Republican primary,” Cheung said.
“If Haley wins, Biden wins,” Trump said, adding that his support in Iowa was “historic” despite having been “unjustly persecuted.”
His words were met with applause from his supporters, wearing hats or waving flags with the letters “MAGA,” in reference to Trump’s 2016 and 2020 “Make America Great Again” campaign slogans
Trump received the support of former candidate for the Republican nomination Vivek Ramaswamy, who suspended his campaign Monday receiving just under 8 percent of votes in the Iowa caucuses.
Shortly before Trump, Haley herself held another rally in New Hampshire, which she took advantage of to emerge as the only person in the race for the Republican presidential nomination who can defeat the former president.
Haley said the US needed new leadership, adding that it needed to leave behind “the chaos” that follows Trump, who faces four criminal cases and 91 charges.
The polls for Tuesday’s primary in New Hampshire have Trump ahead with Haley closely behind, thanks in part to the support received from the state’s popular Governor Chris Sununu, who appeared alongside her in front of dozens of followers.
Haley is trying to position herself as the alternative to Trump and believes she could win the nomination if she exceeds expectations after New Hampshire and wins in South Carolina, where she was governor between 2011 and 2017.
However, DeSantis is also looking to establish himself as an option to Trump and, in an effort to reduce Haley’s support, headed directly to South Carolina on Tuesday.
During a rally in Greenville, South Carolina, DeSantis said he had made the decision to go directly to that state after Iowa to show voters that his vote is important.
At night, in a debate organized by news network CNN in New Hampshire, the Florida governor asked Republicans to reconsider betting on Trump because, according to DeSantis, his candidacy would cause the party to lose the Nov. 5 presidential elections.
The next face-off between the candidates will be directly on Tuesday, when New Hampshire residents go to vote.
ABC had organized another debate between the candidates in New Hampshire, but had to cancel it Tuesday after Haley refused to participate if Trump wasn’t present. The former US president has chosen not to attend any televised debates of the primary process. EFE