Nikki Haley Sees a Surge in Campaign Funds Ahead of the South Carolina Primary
A significant cash inflow can give Haley a fighting chance in the upcoming primary.
The former UN Ambassador and Republican presidential candidate, Nikki Haley is reporting a significant influx of campaign funds despite lagging behind ex-President Donald Trump in the polls. This monetary boost underscores the robust donor support that could potentially fuel her campaign through the South Carolina primary.
On Monday, Haley’s campaign reported that she has accumulated $16.5 million in January across her team of campaigners after raising $24 million in 2024’s final quarter. Although Trump had more in his coffer at the year’s end, he is also burdened with massive legal expenses as he faces several courtroom challenges.
Haley’s Fundraising Success Amid Challenges
While the inflow of cash is significant, Haley is faced with the intense challenge of outperforming Trump. To keep making her case to donors and remain in the race beyond Super Tuesday, she needs a strong performance in the upcoming South Carolina primary.
“Nikki Haley’s position in the 2024 Republican presidential primary will largely depend on her ability to continue raising substantial funds moving forward,” South Carolina’s Republican strategist, Dave Wilson, says. “It’s essentially the fuel she needs, especially beyond the early primary states.”
Haley’s draw from considerable donors such as the Koch-aligned group AFP Action has breathed new life into her campaign over the past few months. Nonetheless, she has fallen short in the first two nominating contests – in Iowa and New Hampshire.
Haley’s Campaign Strategy and Future Prospects
Strategists are somewhat skeptical about Haley’s ability to secure a leading position in South Carolina. However, they argue that if she can significantly reduce the gap seen in current polling, she could lay claim to a victory.
“If Haley really wants to demonstrate her longevity, she needs to close within 10 points of Donald Trump. If the gap is 55-45, Haley stays the course. However, anything less than that would make it difficult for her to continue her fundraising activities. After all, funds are what keeps a campaign on track,” Wilson explained.
As February’s contests wind down, Trump has a nearly 60-point lead over Haley nationally, according to certain averages. However, Haley’s team is obviously gearing up for a long haul. “It’s very clear” based on the team’s fundraising and ad purchases “that we will have the resources to go the distance,” says Haley’s campaign manager, Betsy Ankney.
While there are murmurs questioning Haley’s persistence with her long-shot bid, which risks alienating a substantial part of her party, some speculate that she might be gearing up for a run in 2028. It’s also been suggested that she is aligning herself as the primary alternative to Trump, prepared to step in should his campaign be derailed by legal challenges.