Nikki Makes History

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – In a groundbreaking development that favors the Republican Party in the 2024 presidential election, Nikki Haley won the District of Columbia’s GOP primary, marking her first triumph over former President Donald Trump in the primaries and is also historic in that it’s a first for a Republican woman.

Haley led the GOP front-runner with a 63–33 margin with all votes counted. The victory represents a huge change in her presidential campaign after a losing streak that lasted from Iowa until now. However, with this win Haley might not be able to replicate her success with D.C.’s unique primary dynamics.

Super Tuesday contests and polls indicate that Trump holds a double-digit lead in numerous states, which overshadows Haley’s recent win.

Trump currently leads the delegate count with 244 against the 43 of Haley, which needs 1,215 delegates for the GOP nomination to challenge Biden in November.

Haley’s campaign wanted to distinguish itself from the Trump administration’s D.C. years and said in a post on X following the District of Columbia primary results:

“Republicans closest to Washington’s dysfunction know that Donald Trump has brought nothing but chaos and division for the past 8 years. It’s time to start winning again and move our nation forward!”

Notably, this marked the first time a woman secured a GOP presidential primary.

Haley’s victory in a city that heavily favored Democrats in the 2020 election, became crucial for her campaign and garnered strong support from the 2,000 total GOP primary voters.

This win also represents a pivotal change after the former South Carolina governor faced a challenging week since Trump dominated the caucuses in Missouri, Idaho and Michigan.

Haley’s campaign hopes to keep its energy in North Dakota’s contest with 29 delegates at stake. Then, comes Super Tuesday, where supporters in 15 states will cast their votes to determine how the 865 total delegates will be distributed among the candidates.

Haley strategically invests in this crucial phase, with a seven-figure ad buy in competitive states. Despite a slight dip in fundraising to $12 million the campaign remains well-funded.