SOUTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR MULLING HER OPTIONS
S.C. governor Nikki Haley has told The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper she “may not endorse” in the Palmetto State’s pivotal “First in the South” presidential primary.
“The decision is whether an endorsement would matter, and whether I jump out there or stay out of it,” Haley told reporter Andrew Shain.
This website has been tracking Haley’s 2016 endorsement dilemma for several weeks …
Her basic problem? She badly miscalculated the mood of her own party in delivering a broadly-panned response to Barack Obama‘s final State of the Union address.
At a time when GOP voters wanted to hear someone who shared their contempt with Washington, D.C.’s bipartisan failure – Haley basically told them to shut up and stop complaining.
Then she made matters worse by clumsily trying to walk it all back.
Haley’s full-frontal embrace of the “Republican” establishment has left her with literally nowhere to go in terms of a presidential endorsement – as all of the status quo GOP candidates are struggling to gain traction in the Palmetto State.
Four years ago, Haley endorsed former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney – which proved to be a “kiss of death” to the establishment politician’s South Carolina candidacy. At the time she backed Romney, Haley was at her nadir – polling at just over 52 percent among “Republican” voters. She has since rehabilitated her standing with the GOP electorate – although that star power suddenly has no real outlet.