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WATCH: Top Republicans showered in boos, prompting jokes from Trump

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Two top Republicans likely didn’t get the welcome they expected from the crowd gathered to celebrate former President Donald Trump’s victory in the South Carolina Republican primary on Saturday.

After being recognized by Trump during his speech, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and state GOP chair Drew McKissick were showered with boos that the former president couldn’t even quell.

“No. No. No. No. Remember —” Trump said, laughing, as he attempted to quiet the crowd’s disdain for Graham. “I love him. He’s a good man,” he added, telling Graham to come over to the microphone. 

TRUMP SAYS SOUTH CAROLINA IS A ‘BIGGER WIN THAN WE ANTICIPATED,’ LOOKS FORWARD TO SAYING ‘JOE, YOU’RE FIRED’

The crowd continued to boo as Graham approached the podium and began to speak. He briefly praised Trump for his victory, and the boos continued, albeit more quietly, as he went back to his spot on the stage.

A few minutes later, Trump recognized McKissick to another round of boos, which appeared to surprise Trump.

“We have a highly opinionated group of people,” he said, laughing. “I’ll tell you, they turned very positive on you very quickly, Lindsey,” he added.

TRUMP WINS SOUTH CAROLINA PRIMARY AGAINST HALEY IN HER HOME STATE, MOVES CLOSER TO CLINCHING GOP NOMINATION

McKissick was re-elected party chair last year, but has dealt with waves of infighting in recent years, while Graham still faces sharp criticism from within his party for what some see as him abandoning Trump in the final days of his term following the Jan. 6 protests at the U.S. Capitol, which turned violent.

Graham was one of the earliest elected officials to endorse Trump and has advocated the former president choosing his Senate counterpart, fellow South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, as his vice presidential running mate.

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Haley stays in the race despite latest loss to Trump in home state: ‘A woman of my word’

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‘A woman of my word’: Haley stays in race despite latest loss in her home state


Former S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley
says she is staying in the GOP presidential primary race despite her loss in her home state.

Haley had pledged to stay in the race even if she lost the Palmetto State, and she said she’s sticking with that.

“I’m a woman of my word. I’m not giving up this fight when a majority of Americans disapprove of both Donald Trump and Joe Biden,” she told supporters.

Fox News projects that former President Donald Trump will win the state’s GOP primary.

Trump has three times as many delegates as former Governor Nikki Haley; he will win up to 50 more tonight.

But Haley intends to keep the race going into Super Tuesday.

“We’re headed to Michigan tomorrow. And we’re headed to the Super Tuesday states throughout all of next week,” she said.

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Trump wins SC primary against Haley in her home state, moves closer to clinching GOP nomination

POLITICSTrump wins South Carolina primary against Haley in her home state, moves closer to clinching GOP nomination
Former President Donald Trump was quickly projected as the winner of the South Carolina Republican presidential primary over former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley in the 2024 White House race

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Former President Donald Trump has won the South Carolina Republican presidential primary, Fox News Decision Desk projects.

Trump’s rapidly-called victory on Saturday over former U.N. ambassador and former two-term South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley in her home state moves the former president another step closer to clinching the 2024 GOP nomination. 

The Fox News Decision Desk projected Trump’s primary just after polls closed at 7 p.m. ET in the Palmetto State.

“It’s an early evening and a fantastic evening,” Trump told a crowd of supporters gathered at the South Carolina state fairgrounds in Columbia, the state capitol, just minutes after polls closed and he was declared the victor.

“Celebrate for 15 minutes, but then we have to get back to work,” he added, referencing next week’s Michigan primary, and Super Tuesday the following week.

Fox News Digital’s Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

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The highs and lows of Trump and Haley’s relationship before South Carolina’s GOP primary

The race between former President Donald Trump and his ex-Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley took a particularly bitter turn in the weeks leading up to the South Carolina primaries.

She was quick to stand against his candidacy in 2016, endorsing Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in the primary. But by the time Haley left his administration in 2018, Trump heaped praise on her and lauded Haley as his “friend.”

“She’s done a fantastic job and we’ve done a fantastic job together. We’ve solved a lot of problems and we’re in the process of solving a lot of problems,” he said.

Haley in turn praised Trump’s foreign policy, saying, “Countries may not like what we do, but they respect what we do.”

She condemned him in the week after the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol attack, however, telling Politico at the time, “I think he’s lost any sort of political viability he was going to have.”

Haley backpedaled somewhat in comments to the Wall Street Journal in October of that year, saying, “We need him in the Republican Party. I don’t want us to go back to the days before Trump.”

Even her decision to ultimately challenge him for president was preceded by Haley vowing in 2021 to never get into the Republican presidential primary if Trump was also running – before ultimately throwing her hat in the ring.

“This is not personal for me and Donald Trump
,” Haley said last week during an interview with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto on “Cavuto Live.”

Later, she added, “I have no issues with him personally.”

Trump won the South Carolina primary Saturday night, despite being on Haley’s home turf. After Trump’s projected win, Haley repeated her promise to stay in the race through Super Tuesday primaries on March 5.

When asked whether he thought Haley should drop out, Trump told Fox News Digital in an exclusive interview that he wasn’t thinking about Haley at all.

“I’m really thinking about we have to beat Joe Biden,” he told Fox News Digital. “I don’t know if [Haley] is in the race at all, because, you know, I have set records in every single state. I’m not sure that she’s really in the race.”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman and Liz Elkind contributed to this report.

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NFL team owner appears on stage with Trump during South Carolina victory speech

POLITICSNFL team owner appears on stage with Trump during South Carolina victory speech
NFL team owner and former ambassador Woody Johnson was on stage standing behind former President Donald Trump following Trump’s victory in the South Carolina primary.

New York Jets owner and billionaire businessman Woody Johnson stood in support behind former President Trump in South Carolina on Saturday night after Trump was quickly projected the winner of the state’s primary.

Johnson, who served as U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom during the Trump administration, was on stage alongside his wife Suzanne behind Trump as the former president delivered a speech after his quick victory in the Palmetto State primary on Saturday.

Johnson, a member of the founding family of Johnson & Johnson, has previously expressed support for the former president during the 2024 campaign.

“Americans remember how good it was or how much better it was on the border, and inflation, and gas prices, and grocery prices, all that, during the Trump administration, and they want to get back there,” Johnson told News’ Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo earlier this month.

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WATCH: Top Republicans showered with boos from Trump victory crowd, prompting jokes from former pres

POLITICSWATCH: Top Republicans showered with boos from Trump victory crowd, prompting jokes from former presidentTwo top Republicans faced boos during former President Donald Trump’s South Carolina victory speech, prompting jokes from the former president.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Two top Republicans likely didn’t get the welcome they expected from the crowd gathered to celebrate former President Donald Trump’s victory in the South Carolina Republican primary on Saturday.

After being recognized by Trump during his speech, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and state GOP chair Drew McKissick were showered with boos that the former president couldn’t even quell.

“No. No. No. No. Remember —” Trump said, laughing, as he attempted to quiet the crowd’s disdain for Graham. “I love him. He’s a good man,” he added, telling Graham to come over to the microphone.

The crowd continued to boo as Graham approached the podium and began to speak. He briefly praised Trump for his victory, and the boos continued, albeit more quietly, as he went back to his spot on the stage.

A few minutes later, Trump recognized McKissick to another round of boos, which appeared to surprise Trump.

“We have a highly opinionated group of people,” he said, laughing. “I’ll tell you, they turned very positive on you very quickly, Lindsey,” he added.

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President Biden issues response to Donald Trump winning South Carolina Republican primary

President Joe Biden says former President Donald Trump poses a “threat” after being declared the victor of the South Carolina Republican primary Saturday evening.

“Every day, we are reminded of the threat Donald Trump poses to our future as Americans grapple with the damage he left behind,” Biden wrote in a statement following the Republican primary,” the president said in a statement.

Biden specifically took aim at Trump over the issue of abortion, saying the former president is “ripping away a fundamental constitutional right women had in this country for 50 years.”

“We are still rebuilding the economy after Trump lost millions of good-paying jobs and sold out working families to give himself and his wealthy friends handouts. And Trump is promising to once again use the presidency for his own revenge and retribution after January 6 stained our collective consciousness,” Biden said. “In 2020, I ran for president because the very soul of America was at risk. Last night in South Carolina, Donald Trump stood on stage to make shameful, racist comments that tap into a hatred and divisiveness that is the very worst of us. We all have more to do to push towards a more perfect union, but Trump wants to take us backwards.”

“Despite the threat that Trump poses, I will say again to the American people: I have never felt more optimistic about what we can do if we come together. Because I know that America believes in standing up for our democracy, fighting for our personal freedoms, and building an economy that gives everyone a fair shot. To Republicans, Democrats, and independents who share our commitment to core values of our nation, join us. Let’s keep moving forward,” he added.

Fox News projected Saturday evening that former President Donald Trump will win the state’s GOP primary.

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Lincoln is America’s greatest president, Trump ranks last: Rankings from self-styled experts

A recent ranking of presidents by a group of self-styled experts determined that Abraham Lincoln is America’s greatest president, while Donald Trump ranks last.

Lincoln topped the list of presidents in the 2024 Presidential Greatness Project expert survey for the third time, following his top spot in the rankings in the 2015 and 2018 versions of the survey.

According to a release from the Presidential Greatness Project, which touts itself as the “foremost organization of social science experts in presidential politics,” the 154 respondents to the survey included “current and recent members of the Presidents & Executive Politics Section of the American Political Science Association…as well as scholars who have recently published peer-reviewed academic research in key related scholarly journals or academic presses.”

The respondents were asked to rank presidents on a scale of 0-100, with 0 being a failure, 50 being average and 100 being great. Rounding out the top five in the rankings were Franklin Delano Roosevelt at number two, George Washington at three, Theodore Roosevelt at four, and Thomas Jefferson at five.

Trump was ranked in last place in the survey, being ranked worse than James Buchanan at 44, Andrew Johnson at 43, Franklin Pierce at 42, and William Henry Harrison at 41.

Fox News’ Michael Lee contributed to this report.

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Haley on young voters: ‘Going to be the generation that saves us’

Nikki Haley said at a Fox News town hall event recently that the Republican Party must connect with young voters in order to defeat President Biden in November.

During the town hall, University of South Carolina College Republicans Vice President Noah Lindler asked the former governor to address the “largely ignored” Gen Z and first-time voters. 

Haley responded by saying that it’s a “mistake” for political parties not to speak to those voters.

The question from host John Roberts came after five members of the Republican National Committee’s youth advisory council resigned in December amid dissatisfaction with the GOP’s efforts to draw in young voters ahead of the 2024 election, claiming a “lack of vision” from the party.

“I, on the other hand, think you all [young voters] are going to be the generation that saves us. You know exactly what you’re doing,” Haley claimed. 

Fox News’ Christopher Lopez contributed to this report.

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NFL team owner appears on stage with Trump during South Carolina victory speech

POLITICSNFL team owner appears on stage with Trump during South Carolina victory speechNFL team owner and former ambassador Woody Johnson was on stage standing behind former President Donald Trump following Trump’s victory in the South Carolina primary.

New York Jets owner and billionaire businessman Woody Johnson stood in support behind former President Trump in South Carolina on Saturday night after Trump was quickly projected the winner of the state’s primary.

Johnson, who served as U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom during the Trump administration, was on stage alongside his wife Suzanne behind Trump as the former president delivered a speech after his quick victory in the Palmetto State primary on Saturday.

Johnson, a member of the founding family of Johnson & Johnson, has previously expressed support for the former president during the 2024 campaign.

“Americans remember how good it was or how much better it was on the border, and inflation, and gas prices, and grocery prices, all that, during the Trump administration, and they want to get back there,” Johnson told News’ Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo earlier this month. 

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Trump ‘really not thinking about’ Haley after SC victory, says he’s focused on beating Biden

POLITICSTrump ‘really not thinking about’ Haley after South Carolina victory, says he’s focused on beating Biden
EXCLUSIVE: Former President Trump said he is not sure Nikki Haley is “even really in the race” after winning yet another Republican primary Saturday night, telling Fox News Digital that, instead, he is focused on beating Joe Biden in the general election in November.

EXCLUSIVE: Former President Donald Trump said he is not sure Nikki Haley is “even really in the race” after winning yet another Republican primary Saturday night, telling Fox News Digital that he is focused on beating President Biden in the general election in November.

The Fox News Decision Desk declared Trump the winner of the South Carolina Republican Primary just moments after the polls closed Saturday night. Trump defeated former two-term South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley in her home state, and came another step closer to clinching the 2024 GOP nomination.

In an exclusive interview with Fox News Digital Saturday night, Trump touted the win.

“I was honored that I received the largest vote in the history of the state — I’m with Senator Lindsey Graham right now and he just told me we received the largest vote by double — we beat the last record,” Trump told Fox News Digital. “So that’s a great compliment to all of the people and to making America great again.”

When asked whether he wanted Nikki Haley to drop out of the race, Trump told Fox News Digital that he’s “really not thinking about that… I’m not thinking about it.”

“I’m really thinking about we have to beat Joe Biden,” he told Fox News Digital. “I don’t know if she’s in the race at all, because, you know, I have set records in every single state. I’m not sure that she’s really in the race.”

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Ari Fleischer on Haley’s South Carolina primary remarks: ‘That was a No Labels speech’

Former White House Press Secretary and Fox News contributor Ari Fleischer responded to former ambassador Nikki Haley’s post-primary speech in South Carolina by saying it sounds like she is positioning herself for a third party run.

“I’ve been around a lot of these candidate speeches and I’ve written a few,” Fleischer said on Fox News on Saturday night. “That was a No Labels speech tonight by Nikki Haley.”

“That was a speech when she says ‘no matter what I am running’, when she trashes Joe Biden, she trashes Donald Trump, she is setting herself up to run down the middle.”

Fleischer explained that Haley won with independent voters by 19% which could signal to her team that she has an opening as a third party candidate.

“That’s only 7% of people who voted in the primary and that’s why she got her clock cleaned in the primary by Donald Trump,” Fleischer said. “But when you look at independent voters she sees a huge group out there.”

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Fox News Voter Analysis: Trump put together even stronger coalitions in SC than in earlier primaries

Former President Donald Trump put together even stronger coalitions in South Carolina than in earlier primaries.

Among the Republican primary voters in South Carolina, he got solid support from MAGA followers, very conservative voters, rural residents, White evangelicals, and those without a college degree. These are all similar or greater percentages than in New Hampshire or Iowa.

Looking at some of the key groups: Military households break for Trump, even after he criticized Former Gov. Nikki Haley’s National Guard husband for not being around.

He even “Trumped” Haley among female voters. Six-in-10 cast their vote for Trump, and in New Hampshire it was 55%. So, he’s a popular guy.

We also asked voters what they like about Trump, and most see him as a strong nominee. Large majorities say Trump can win in November, will keep the country safe, will fight for people like them and believe he has the mental capability to serve effectively as president.

For the record, Haley has lower support in each of those areas except for mental capacity, which 76% believe she has.

In addition, many voters give Trump a pass on some alleged legal transgressions. Many say he’s done nothing wrong regarding January 6, the 2020 vote count, or classified documents at his home in Florida.

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Fox News Voter Analysis: What do SC Republicans think about their financial situation?

On a personal level, what do Republicans think about their own financial situation? As we saw in both the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary, voters say they’re in bad shape financially in South Carolina too.

Just about one-in-ten say they’re getting ahead, while about three times that say they are falling behind. This is almost identical to what we saw in the previous states.

FNVA is based
 on interviews with a random sample of registered voters eligible to vote in the primary election or caucus, drawn from state voter files. These probability-based interviews are combined with self-identified registered voters selected from nonprobability online panels.

Interviews, conducted in both Spanish and English, begin approximately six days before the day of the primary election or caucus and are conducted until polls close.

Fox News projects that former President Donald Trump will win the state’s GOP primary.

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Fox News Voter Analysis: SC Republicans describe their vote

We also asked voters what better describes their vote – is it more for their candidate or against the other? That depends! Almost all of former President Trump’s voters say they are voting for him, and only 9% say it’s against Haley.

But it’s a different story among former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s voters, where almost six-in-10 say they are voting for her and about four-in-10 say they are motivated to cast their vote against Trump.

The Fox News Decision Desk projected Saturday after polls closed in South Carolina that Trump will win the state’s GOP primary.

Trump has three times as many delegates as Haley; he will win up to 50 more tonight, the Fox News Decision Desk noted.

Haley could not convert her hometown advantage into a win. She told supporters this week that she was not dropping out of the race.

South Carolina is the last of the early states with a significant number of delegates at stake.

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Haley doing ‘slightly better’ in South Carolina than New Hampshire so far: Hemmer

Fox News co-anchor Bill Hemmer is breaking down the numbers so far on the South Carolina GOP primary election, insisting that Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley is doing ‘slightly’ better than she did in New Hampshire.

As voting results in the Palmetto State trickled in, Hemmer noted that Haley appeared to be doing better with voters in her home state than she did last month in New Hampshire.

“In New Hampshire, this is where it ended up,” Hemmer said, pointing to a screen that showed Haley garnered 43.2% of the vote in New Hampshire. “Remember what she said? She said ‘I need to better than what I did in New Hampshire.’ We come down to real time tonight in South Carolina and, for the record, she’s doing slightly better than 43% as of this moment with a lot of that vote still well out there.”

Hemmer’s remarks came as 16% of the state’s voting results in the GOP primary had been reported.

The Fox News Decision Desk projected Saturday after polls closed in South Carolina that former President Donald Trump will win the state’s GOP primary.

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How have Asian American voters voted in South Carolina in the past?

Asian American voters make up a small percentage of residents in South Carolina.  

United States Census Bureau states that 2.0% of Asians represent the South Carolina population as of July 1, 2023.  There is limited information on Asians voting in South Carolina elections.

According to AAPI Vote, in 2022 around 44% of registered Asian American voters reported that the Democratic Party had contacted them, 35% were contacted by the Republican Party and 39% were contacted by community organizations.

Just last year, Fox News reported that Asian American
voters have been trending towards the right, with 18% voting Republican in 2016, 30% in 2020, and 32% voting for Republican congressional candidates during the 2022 midterms.

Xi Van Fleet told Fox News last year that “In the past, many Asians voted blue. I think it’s because they bought into the victim mindset pushed to them by the Democrats who told them that they are a minority and live in a racist country and that the Democrat would be their protectors. But more and more have come to the realization that they have been deceived and betrayed.”

She said Democrats’ narrative has changed towards the group. “Asian Americans now are told by the Democrats they are no longer a minority; they are now white adjacent. And also many Asian sees their treasured cherished American dream of meritocracy being attacked by the Democrats, not just for themselves, but for their children more.”

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Lara Trump says Nikki Haley poised to lose South Carolina ‘in a very embarrassing way’

“The Right View Podcast” host Lara Trump says America has a “must win” election and calls to get behind former President Donald Trump on “Hannity.”

Asked for reaction to Nikki Haley’s comments on putting Ukraine ahead of American security.

“We want to protect our country first and foremost,” Trump said. “Everybody knows that I think everyone understands that.”

“She is poised right now, Sean, as you just mentioned to lose her home state of South Carolina in a very embarrassing way,” she added.

“It’s time for us to all garner our support behind the obvious republican nominee, Donald Trump. We have a must-win election on our hands right now against Joe Biden,” she said. “Let’s face it, Sean, if we wait and do nothing and allow Joe Biden another four years, and Democrats another four years to destroy this country, that’s exactly what is going to happen.”

She concluded, “We will not have a country left. Why Nikki Haley is still in this and why she says things that are so ridiculous and outrageous I wish I could tell you, but it makes absolutely no sense.”

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Fox News Voter Analysis: Are SC Republicans worried candidates are too extreme to win in November?

While most view former President Donald Trump positively as a person, many also see him as too extreme.

Over four-in-10 South Carolina Republicans are worried Trump’s too out there to win in November. And for Haley, fewer – one-third – are worried about her being too extreme.

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on interviews with a random sample of registered voters eligible to vote in the primary election or caucus, drawn from state voter files. These probability-based interviews are combined with self-identified registered voters selected from nonprobability online panels.

Interviews, conducted in both Spanish and English, begin approximately six days before the day of the primary election or caucus and are conducted until polls close. 

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Fox News Voter Analysis: Favorable ratings on Graham, Haley, Scott, & Trump among SC Republicans

Let’s look at some favorable ratings. How do voters feel about the candidates?

About seven-in-10 say they have a positive view of former President Donald Trump. Nearly as many, over six-in-10, feel that way about possible vice-presidential pick South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott. It’s a semi-sweet homecoming for Haley, as just half of Republicans in her home state view her favorably. Still, that’s higher than Sen. Lindsey Graham’s four-in-10.

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Trump says SC is a ‘bigger win than we anticipated,’ looks forward to saying ‘Joe, you’re fired’

POLITICSTrump says South Carolina is a ‘bigger win than we anticipated,’ looks forward to saying ‘Joe, you’re fired’
Former President Trump touted a “bigger win than we anticipated” in the South Carolina Republican Primary Saturday night, saying he looks forward to looking at President Biden in November and saying: “Joe, you’re fired.”

Former President Trump touted a “bigger win than we anticipated” in the South Carolina Republican Primary Saturday night, saying he looks forward to looking at President Biden in November and saying: “Joe, you’re fired.”

The primary was called for the former president and 2024 GOP frontrunner just moments after polls closed Saturday night.

“This is really something. This was a little sooner than we anticipated and an even bigger win than we anticipated,” Trump said. “And I was just informed that we got double the number of votes that has ever been received in the great state of South Carolina.”

Trump then began highlighting the “horror” of the “millions and millions of people coming across the border illegally.”

“We don’t know where they come from, they come from jails and they come from prisons — they come from all sorts of places,” Trump said. “We’re not going to stand for it — you have terrorists coming in.”

Trump vowed to “straighten things out.”

“The border is the worst it’s ever been,” he said. “We’re going to fix it — fix it very quickly.”He added: “Our country is going to be respected again. Respected like never before.”

Trump went on to predict he’ll win the general election in November.

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Haley campaign chooses ritzy Charleston hotel for South Carolina GOP primary watch party

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley’s campaign has chosen Charleston Place, one of the city’s swankiest hotels, to host tonight’s watch party.

With polls closed, the campaign is expecting a few hundred supporters to begin trickling in.

The Haley campaign’s use of the ritzy hotel comes after Fox News Digital reported earlier this year that the campaign had spent thousands on luxury hotels last year despite her team’s claim it runs “a tight ship” and stays in “affordable” lodging.

According to Haley’s third-quarter disbursements filing with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), her campaign spent over $11,000 on high-end, four- and five-star hotels. That included stays at The Breakers, a luxurious hotel in Palm Beach, Florida, and the Wave Resort in Long Branch, New Jersey.

Despite a growing number of Republican calls for Haley to drop out of the race, the Haley campaign, and the candidate herself, have repeatedly said there are no plans to end her candidacy tonight.

After casting her vote in the state’s primary election, Haley told reporters Saturday that she plans to stay in the presidential race through at least Super Tuesday, which is slated to take place on March 5.

This week, Haley’s campaign announced a multi-million-dollar ad buy (both TV and internet) to show their intentions well beyond South Carolina.

“Our goal is one state at a time,” said Haley earlier today after voting.

On Friday, Betsy Ankney, Haley’s campaign manager, told reporters they are still dispatching resources in multiple states.

“We have rolled out leadership teams in most of the states through the end of March, including Georgia and Washington State. We have those in place in those states already,” she said. “I know some of them have made public and some of them have not. But we have infrastructure on the ground in those states through the end of March.”

The Fox News Decision Desk projected after polls closed in South Carolina that former President Donald Trump will win the state’s GOP primary.

Fox News’ Mark Meredith and Brandon Gillespie contributed to this update.

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Trump will win South Carolina primary, Fox News projects

It is 7 p.m. ET and polls have closed in South Carolina.

The Fox News Decision Desk can now project that former President Donald Trump will win the state’s GOP primary.

Trump has three times as many delegates as former Governor Nikki Haley; he will win up to 50 more tonight.

Haley could not convert her hometown advantage into a win. She told supporters this week that she was not dropping out of the race.

South Carolina is the last of the early states with a significant number of delegates at stake.

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How have Black voters voted in South Carolina in the past?

As voters head to the South Carolina primary to cast their votes, people may wonder how Black Americans have voted in the past.  

According to the United States Census Bureau, statistics from July 1, 2023, reveal that 26.3% of South Carolina’s population 5.3 million are Black or African American.  

Pew Research Center statistics show that 78% of Blacks in South Carolina, out of 112 surveyed, lean Democrat, 15% are categorized as “no-lean” and 7% lean Republican.  

In 2020, USA Today reported that African American voters made up 60% of South Carolina’s
Democratic electorate.
 During the general election in 2020, 92% Black voters supported Biden and just 7% backed Trump, according to Fox News Voter Analysis.  

Despite South Carolina being seen as a red state, Black South Carolina residents have typically voted for the Democratic Party. Ahead of the Democratic primary in South Carolina, state Democratic Party Chair Christale Spain told Fox News Digital that she believes Black voters in the southern state still stand with President Biden.  

“Once we share the information about how President Biden and Democrats have been delivering on things like HBCUs in South Carolina–their investment is huge here. We feel the impact of that investment.”  

Biden won 96% of the vote in the Feb. 10 Democratic primary. 

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Fox News Voter Analysis: Immigration is a top issue for South Carolina Republicans

Immigration is a top issue for Republicans across the country – and that continues to be true in South Carolina, with over four-in-10 saying immigration is the most important issue facing the country.

So, do South Carolina Republican primary voters say immigrants do more to help or hurt the country? Well, three-quarters say they do more to hurt.

That’s similar to what we saw in both Iowa and New Hampshire. Three-quarters of Iowa Republican caucus goers said immigrants do more to hurt the country, while slightly fewer said the same in New Hampshire.

And when it comes to the U.S.-Mexico border wall, Republicans in South Carolina strongly support it – just as they did in Iowa and New Hampshire.

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In South Carolina’s GOP primary, dozens of delegates are on the line

Tonight, there are 50 delegates on the line for the Republican candidates in South Carolina.

The winner of the statewide vote will take all of the 29 at-large delegates on offer. There are also 3 delegates for the winner of the same vote in each of the state’s 7 congressional districts, up to a total of 21.

That means, for example, that a candidate who does very well in one area could walk away with a few delegates, even if they lose the overall vote.” 

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Fox News political analyst Gianno Caldwell on Haley: ‘It is the end of the rope for Nikki Haley’

Fox News political analyst Gianno Caldwell examined Nikki Haley’s strategy in the GOP’s race for the White House during an appearance with Arthel Neville on “Fox News Live.”

When asked whether South Carolina residents are buying what Haley is selling, he responded, “no, they’re not.” 

“What is Nikki Haley doing,” he asked. “What is the reason for staying in the race?”

Caldwell offers political, financial and cultural analysis across Fox News programming. He joined the network in 2017.

“We’re not seeing the resonates where she really wanted to be which was with Democrat and Independent voters to cross over and vote for her,” Caldwell told Neville.

“It is the end of the rope for Nikki Haley in my humble opinion,” he added.

And when asked whether he believes Haley is still maintaining herself in the race pending active court cases against Trump, Caldwell was firm in his response.

“The fact of the matter is, a lot of these court cases aren’t going to play out until closer to the general election or even after, so with that consideration in mind, we’re in a Republican nomination process,” he said. “Donald Trump, and you know, I’m going out on a very long limb here, he will be the Republican nominee absent anything happening to him health-wise.” 

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Putin claims he prefers ‘more predictable’ Biden over Trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed in an interview
in February that he would prefer the “more predictable” Joe Biden winning the upcoming U.S. presidential election compared to Donald Trump. 

Putin made the remark after being asked by an interviewer about who between Biden and the Republican frontrunner for the nomination would be a better choice from Russia’s point of view. 

“Biden, he’s more experienced, more predictable, he’s a politician of the old formation,” Putin responded. “But we will work with any U.S. leader whom the American people trust.” 

Trump, at a rally in South Carolina, called Putin’s words a “great compliment.” 

President Putin
of Russia has just given me a great compliment, actually. He’s just said that he would much rather have Joe Biden as president than Trump,” Trump told the crowd in North Charleston. “Now, that’s a compliment. A lot of people said, ‘oh, gee, that’s too bad.’ No, no, that’s a good thing.” 

Putin also commented on Biden’s mental state following the release of Special Counsel Robert Hur’s report last week calling him a “sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.”

Fox News’ Greg Norman contributed to this report.

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Who was the most popular president in South Carolina?

South Carolina, being one of the original 13 colonies, has voted in every presidential election in U.S. history except 1864. From 1792 to 1860 South Carolina did not conduct a popular vote, instead allotting delegates, which makes determining who the most popular president to South Carolinians difficult.

One could argue it was Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America, given that South Carolina was first to secede. 

Based on the numbers, the most popular President in South Carolinian history was Democrat Franklin Delano Roosevelt who, in his second term, captured 98.5% of the vote. The second most popular president was Democrat Woodrow Wilson, winning 96% of the vote in 1916.

Among other popular Republican candidates in South Carolina, Richard Nixon won the state with 70% of the vote in 1972 and Ulysses S. Grant won it with 75% in 1872.

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About Haley’s latest ad against Trump

Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley took aim at former President Donald Trump in a recent campaign ad, saying that “chaos” surrounds her GOP competitor.

The ad, titled “More Chaos,” attempted to hit Trump on issues surrounding taxes, debt and overseas conflict.

“The chaos that surrounds him is bad enough, but what is Trump saying he’ll actually do in office?” the ad’s narrator said. “A 10% across the board tax increase. More record breaking debt. A Russian victory that will bring more war. With a world on fire, and a crisis at home, with Trump it is just more chaos. Nikki Haley, a better choice for a better America.”

Haley frequently uses the term “chaos” when discussing the former president, recently writing when Trump was in court that “all of this chaos will only lead to more losses for Republicans up and down the ticket.”

The ad was released just days before the
South Carolina primary
on Saturday.

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In 1976, South Carolina voters rallied for Jimmy Carter, and he won

Former President Donald Trump and former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley will go head-to-head at the South Carolina primary on Feb. 24, a state that Republicans have won in all but one presidential election since 1960.

In the early 1900s, the Palmetto State consistently voted for the Democrat nominee each presidential election.

Shortly after the ‘60s, the state saw a significant shift red that would remain for the next half a century. South Carolina has had a strong history of voting red in presidential elections since, with the last Democrat to win the state being former President Jimmy Carter in 1976.

Carter, a Democrat, won the state by over 10 percentage points against Republican candidate Gerald Ford.

South Carolina voted for Trump in both the 2016 and 2020 presidential races, and the former president is again the frontrunner of the Republican primary race for a third consecutive election cycle.

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Fox News Voter Analysis: Who are S.C. Republicans supporting, and why?

It’s primary night in South Carolina and our Fox News Voter Analysis has been asking likely Republican primary voters in the state – over 2300 of them – who they are supporting and why. 

Conducted along with our partners the Associated Press and NORC at the University of Chicago, Fox News will be using this innovative election survey approach throughout the 2024 primary season.

In South Carolina, we’ll be looking at questions such as what traits GOP primary voters think each candidate has, such as their electability, or ability to keep the country safe.  Are they voting more for their candidate or against the other? 

We’ll also be diving into the most important issues facing the country. Is it the economy? Abortion? Immigration? And will Republicans come together and support their nominee in November, or are we looking at a chance that the party will split? 

All that and more is on deck. The survey questionnaire and results will be posted on foxnews.com after 7:00PM/ET. And keep checking back here for more news and analysis of the results.

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SEE IT: Thousands attend final Trump rally ahead of South Carolina Republican primary

Former President Donald Trump’s final rally ahead of Saturday’s South Carolina Republican primary drew thousands of supporters anxious to hear him speak.

Nearly 6,000 people gathered at Winthrop Coliseum on the campus of Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina on Friday afternoon, in a massive display of support for Trump, who is likely headed to a general election rematch against President Biden.

In addition to Biden, Trump used dedicated a portion of his speech to rail against his Republican opponent, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who has vowed to continue her campaign regardless of the result in her home state primary.

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Ronald Reagan’s daughter on the age issue ahead of the 2024 election

Ronald Reagan’s daughter, Patti Davis, weighed in on
the age issue at the forefront of the 2024 election on Sunday and said presidential candidates probably should face cognitive tests while running for office. 

Before President Biden was elected, Reagan was the oldest person to be elected president, at the age of 69. 

“Now, obviously, the president is in his 80s, former President Trump, the frontrunner, is in his late 70s. Do you think there should be cognitive tests for people running for the highest office in the land?” NBC Host Kristen Welker asked. 

“Probably, yeah. And just what we know about what age can do, it doesn’t always do that, but it would probably be a good idea. Yeah I know, my father was 77 when he left office after two terms, and it seems so young now, doesn’t it?” Davis responded. 

Asked if it felt like he was old at the time, Davis said he was not someone who was fractured in age.  

Fox News’ Hanna Panreck contributed to this report.

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Bob Costas rips into Trump supporters, calling them a ‘toxic cult’ and ex-president a ‘monster’

Former NBC Sports broadcaster Bob Costas unloaded on former President Trump during a recent TV appearance, calling him the “most disgraceful figure in modern presidential history.”

The journalist appeared on CNN’s “Smerconish” on Saturday morning, where he laid into Trump and his supporters, which he also called a “toxic cult.”

Additionally, he handed President Biden a stiff rebuke for running for office again, claiming that Biden is risking plunging the country into “insanity” under Trump by not stepping aside and letting someone stronger run against the 45th president.

Host Michael Smerconish brought Costas on to revisit comments he made on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher” earlier this month, when he claimed that Biden’s “hubris” is making him run for re-election even though it’s not in the best interests of his party or the country.

The Emmy-award winning sports reporter was first invited to weigh in on why Trump needs to be stopped at all costs. Costas responded with a forceful condemnation of the former president and his supporters.

Pulling no punches, he said, “He is by far the most disgraceful figure in modern presidential history. He’s only become more disgraceful since 2016 and since 2020. He is a bubbling cauldron of loathsome traits.”

Costas then added that only a cult would believe that Trump is fit for office.

“You have to be in the throes of some sort of toxic delusion and in a toxic cult to believe that Donald Trump has ever been, in any sense, emotionally, psychologically, intellectually, or ethically fit to be President of the United States,” he said, adding, “But his supporters are locked in on that.”

Costas then turned his ire on Biden, slamming him for running in a second election against Trump.

“He had a chance to be seen as a statesman and a patriot. Now his legacy is likely to be that of a man whose hubris prevented him from seizing the moment in an appropriate way, and at best, he can squeak by Trump – that’s at best.”

Fox News’ Gabriel Hays contributed to this update.

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How South Carolina’s famous city of Charleston votes in presidential elections

Charleston, South Carolina, is a popular city in the southern state, filled with history and scenic sites. In 2020, the city had 150,227 residents, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

From previous years, despite the southern state as a whole leaning red, Charleston County has voted Democrat in past elections. In 2008, residents voted for Barack Obama at 53.5% and John McCain at 45.2%. In 2012, Obama won again at 50.4% while Mitt Romney had 48.0%, according to the U.S. Elections Atlas.

In 2016, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gained 50.6% of the vote while Donald Trump had only 42.8% and in 2020, Joe Biden won 55.5% while Trump had 42.6%, according to Associated Press.

Charleston elected its first Republican mayor since the 1870s, the Associated Press reported in November 2023.

Republican William Cogswell won the race and defeated incumbent Democratic Mayor John Tecklenburg by about 2 percentage points in a runoff, according to the South Carolina Election Commission.

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Trump has support in South Carolina because of ‘unfair’ attacks, state rep. argues

Republican South Carolina state Rep. Brandon Guffey said he believes that his state backs former President Donald Trump because Trump is treated “unfairly.”

“I think honestly it’s due to all the attacks,” Guffey told Fox News correspondent Griff Jenkins. “People see that he’s being unfairly attacked, whenever you’re trying to take him off the ballot.”

“I tell people I wasn’t initially a Trump support. I became a Trump defender because of the unfair attacks, and I think that’s the majority of the way citizens see it,” Guffey added. “When it comes to South Carolina, while Nikki [Haley] was a good governor, I just don’t feel that people feel she is the same person she was when she was governor.”

Haley has tried to make the case for her appeal as a candidate that can attract independents and even some Democrats who might not find President Biden an attractive option – often citing polls that indicate a majority of voters do not want to see a rematch between Trump and Biden.

To that end, Jenkins addressed California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s endorsement of Haley, in which he said he hopes she “stays in” the race no matter the result.

Democrat South Carolina state Sen. Tameika Isaac Devine told Jenkins that she did not think Democrat support for Haley would not prove a “useful” strategy, and she worried that Haley might attract some voters who merely would support her against Trump but not against Biden.

“It tells me there is a segment of folks who believe Nikki Haley on the ballot in November is better than having Donald Trump,” Devine said. “Honestly, as a Democrat, I don’t think either one matters. I think President Biden is really going to do well in November, and we are looking forward to November.”

“While they’re fighting out in their primary, we are moving forward to November to make sure President Biden gets re-elected,” she added.

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History of primary night in South Carolina

The South Carolina Republican Primary, the ‘First in the South,’ has traditionally been the contest that narrows the field from low-performing candidates to those with a legitimate chance at the nomination. 

Historically, the party coalesces around a select few candidates after South Carolina and before the all-important Super Tuesday.

In fact, since 1980, the only time the winner of South Carolina didn’t end up being the Republican nominee was in 2012 when the former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney won the nomination against former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who had won the state with 40.42% over Romney’s 27.85%.

In 2016, after a devastating loss in the state, Jeb Bush suspended his campaign. In 2020, President Joe Biden’s victory in the state propelled his struggling campaign beyond that of his Democratic rivals.

Despite the precedent of South Carolina choosing the nominee, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has declared that she intends to see the election through Super Tuesday regardless of the results of her home state primary.

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Fox News Channel’s Guy Benson says it would be an ‘epic upset’ if Haley wins SC

Fox News contributor
Guy Benson discussed Nikki Haley and former President Trump ahead of the South Carolina primaries on “The Bottom Line.”

Benson said “it would be a monumental task, an epic upset” if Haley won the South Carolina primaries today.

“If the home state camaraderie doesn’t really matter to Republican voters, there doesn’t seem to be a path there,” he added about Haley.

If Haley does lose the Palmetto State by a large margin, Benson believes there is a chance Haley and team could look to upcoming state open primaries to win. He believes Haley’s team could see them as beneficial if she is to lose on her home turf.

Guy Benson currently serves as a FOX News Channel contributor and host of FOX News Radio’s “The Guy Benson Show.” He joined the network as a contributor in 2013.

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WATCH: Trump rallygoers reveal who they want as vice president

Supporters of former President Donald Trump attending his final rally ahead of Saturday’s South Carolina Republican presidential primary shared who they’d like to see as his vice presidential running mate in the November general election.

Fox News Digital spoke with just a few of the nearly 6,000 supporters who showed up to Winthrop University’s campus in Rock Hill, South Carolina on Friday, waiting for hours in line to see and hear the former president bash President Biden, as well as his Republican rival Nikki Haley, a name not uttered once by those listing a number of others they said would make a good second-in-command.

“I like Kari Lake a lot. I think she’d be great,” one supporter told Fox, referencing the conservative firebrand and likely Republican nominee in the race to flip Arizona’s Senate seat. 

A number of others suggested Lake, as well as former presidential candidate and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, both of whom are strong backers of Trump’s bid to retake the White House.

“I think Vivek … I like what he’s said,” one supporter told Fox, citing Ramaswamy’s “refusal” to bash Trump in the earlier days of the primaries, unlike the other candidates previously vying for the nomination. “He’s also a minority, so it’s not like it’s just another White person who supports him, so I think that’s a big thing.”

Some suggested Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, neurosurgeon and former Trump official Ben Carson and Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla., but one name stood out more than all the others: South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott.

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Tomi Lahren on Biden: ‘He’s banking on the Black voters coming out for him’

“The Big Weekend Show” panelists discussed President Biden’s 2024 campaign in early February, addressing concerns that he risks alienating minority voters.

Why is Biden running? That’s really the question that we all want to know,” Tomi Lahren said kicking off the show.

“I wonder though, South Carolina, he’s banking on the Black voters coming out for him, supporting him, maybe not in this so much but in a general election,” Lahren added. “We have a clip. MSNBC is kind of startled to discover that maybe those Black voters might be moving away from Joe.”

“It will be interesting to break down the Black vote into different subsets as well because overwhelmingly they will continue to vote Democrat,” Mollie Hemingway, Editor in Chief of The Federalist said in response to Lahren.

“That is something that Black voters have done for many decades,” Hemmingway added. “But you actually need a complete 100% vote if you’re the Democrat party and you’re getting word from a lot of people that they might not be voting for him.”

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How have young voters voted in South Carolina in the past?

Young voters are becoming an increasingly important demographic in U.S. elections, but the vast majority have been slow to participate in presidential elections.  

Voters aged 18-29 in South Carolina during the 2020 general election supported Biden over Trump 53 to 43. Only 9% of young voters in the state voted in the election, according to the Fox News Voter Analysis. 

In South Carolina, 14% of men who voted were age 18-44 and 17% of women who voted were age 18-44. The men in that age range voted 51% for Donald Trump and the women voted 53% for Biden and 45% for Trump. 

Back in August, Fox News’ Lawrence Jones spoke with young voters in South Carolina about which candidate they were hoping to see win and what their number 1 issue was. 

Most of the young voters Jones spoke to were in their twenties. All of them listed their top issues as including spending taxpayer dollars on foreign aid to countries such as Ukraine, the economy, abortion, the war on masculinity and immigration.  

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Nikki Haley ‘likes to set money on fire’: Marjorie Taylor Greene

Republican Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene accused Nikki Haley of setting “money on fire” with plans to spend seven figures on ad buys for Super Tuesday as she aims to take the race for the GOP presidential nomination beyond Saturday’s South Carolina primary.

Speaking with Fox News Digital at President Trump’s final rally before primary day, Greene said Haley’s plans were akin to a “shopping spree,” and called on her to drop out of the race.

“Oh that’s like a shopping spree. She likes to set money on fire,” Greene said. “Nikki Haley is going to lose big here in South Carolina.”

“You could say she has political aspirations. I think we could say she has political delusions,” Greene added. “She is the Democrat candidate in the Republican primary. Shame on her. She needs to drop out.”

Greene also expressed her support for Lara Trump
to be the next co-chair of the Republican National Committee once Ronna McDaniel steps down from the role in what is expected to be the near future.

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Caucuses vs primary elections: What’s the difference?

What is a caucus?

Caucuses are the most hyped presidential contests in the country but also among the most confusing. They essentially function like traditional party primaries because residents cast ballots, and the candidate with the most ballots wins. 

However, residents simply don’t walk into a polling site to cast their ballot, then exit.

Caucus night is more time-consuming because it includes discussing candidates, picking convention delegates and dealing with state party business. And the parties, which run the caucuses, have uniquely different processes amid some similarities.

The caucuses have been the first-in-the-nation balloting since the 1970s. In January, primary election season kicked off with the Iowa caucuses.

What is a presidential primary?

Ahead of a presidential election, there is a selection process across states to determine which Republican, Democratic and Independent candidates will appear on the ballots. Presidential primary elections are a way American voters help political parties choose who they should select to represent them.

Some states hold closed primary elections, meaning voters must vote for the political party they are registered for. In an open primary, voters can select the candidate they prefer to cast a ballot for, whether registered for that particular political party or not.

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How does the GOP choose a presidential candidate?

Unlike Iowa, where the caucuses took place in January, New Hampshire and South Carolina operate on a traditional primary system. This means, like most of the nation, residents of the Palmetto State will show up at polling locations throughout the day and privately vote for who they wish.

The primaries in South Carolina are open, meaning that unaffiliated voters may vote in either the Republican or Democrat primary. 

Polling times vary by municipality but must open by 11:00 a.m. and cannot close before 7:00 p.m. Early voting in South Carolina concluded on Thursday. Absentee ballots must be turned in by 7:00 p.m. on election day.

Results are expected to be in around 10:00 p.m. EST. When all the primaries are concluded a convention will be held where delegates nominate the winner.

Traditionally this is a routine formality but “brokered conventions”, one where no candidate receives a majority, are possible. During a brokered convention, delegates politik and vote for their preferred candidate largely irrespective of state primary results.

The last brokered GOP convention was in 1976 where neither Ronald Reagan
nor Gerald Ford received a majority. While unprecedented, if a leading candidate was died or was otherwise indisposed, such as being imprisoned, it could possibly trigger a brokered convention regardless of whether they met the delegate threshold. 

Fox News’ Gabriele Regalbuto contributed to this report.

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What is Super Tuesday?

Super Tuesday is a day during the U.S. presidential primary election season when several states, typically from various regions across the country, hold their primary elections or caucuses in early March. 

New Hampshire and Iowa were the first states to hold contests in the 2024 presidential election cycle in January.

Super Tuesday is considered a critical day in the primary process, as the outcomes of millions of voters can significantly influence the overall nomination for presidential candidates. This year’s Super Tuesday will be held on March 5 with polls closing around 7 or 8 p.m. Results will not be immediately announced for many states. 

On 2024’s Super Tuesday, states participating in casting ballots include California, Colorado, Alabama, Arkansas, Alaska, Maine, Minnesota, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Vermont and Virginia.

GOP candidate Nikki Hailey’s campaign manager, Betsy Ankney, wrote in a memo early Tuesday that “despite the media narrative, there is significant fertile ground for Nikki.” 

“After Super Tuesday, we will have a very good picture of where this race stands. At that point, millions of Americans in 26 states and territories will have voted,” the memo read.

Meanwhile, former President Donald Trump has picked up several significant endorsements from key Republican senators. A growing number of GOP lawmakers urge Hailey to withdraw, advocating for party unity behind Trump before Super Tuesday.

South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham have endorsed Trump, snubbing Hailey, despite her being a former governor of the state from 2011-2017.

Fox News’ Jamie Joseph contributed to this report.

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Melania ‘going to be out a lot’ on campaign trail, Trump says

Former President Donald Trump claims that his wife Melania is expected to make more regular public appearances on the campaign trail.

Trump made the remarks during his interview at a Fox News townhall earlier this week with host Laura Ingraham. 

“It’s funny, she was a very successful model, very, very successful, and yet she was a private person. She’s going to be out a lot. Not because she likes doing it, but she likes the results,” he said Tuesday. “She wants to see this country really succeed. She loves the country.”

“You know, a lot of first ladies would go out — they want to be everywhere. They get angry at their husband because he’s not introducing them,” Trump continued. “If I didn’t introduce Melania, she’d be very happy about it. She’s just a different kind of a person.”

Melania has been largely absent from her husband’s 2024 presidential bid thus far, making few public appearances and staying out of the media.

Her absence, until recently, has been explained by the passing of her mother, Amalija Knavs, earlier this year. But as the campaign season becomes more intense, political commentators have questioned whether she will step back into efforts supporting Trump.

Trump also expressed appreciation that Melania has been dedicated to raising their son, Barron Trump.

“Her life revolves around that boy. It’s so important to her,” Trump said. “At the same time, it also revolves around our country and the success of our country. She’s raised a lot of money for charity. She’s a private person.”

“And she loves the country,” Trump added. “She’s going to be out a lot, but she does it for the good of the country, not for her. She’s somebody with a lot of confidence. She doesn’t need that.”

Fox News Digital’s Timothy H.J. Nerozzi contributed to this update.

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Haley rips Trump’s comments to Black conservative group: ‘It’s disgusting!’

Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called her 2024 rival former President Donald Trump’s comments to a Black conservative group “disgusting” on Saturday.

On Friday, Trump claimed that his four criminal indictments have boosted his support among Black voters because they see him as a victim of discrimination. “I got indicted for nothing, for something that is nothing,” Trump said at a black-tie event in South Carolina. And a lot of people said that’s why the Black people like me, because they have been hurt so badly and discriminated against, and they actually viewed me as I’m being discriminated against. It’s been pretty amazing but possibly, maybe, there’s something there.”

The former president also said “the Black population” embraced his mugshot more than anyone else and made a joke about how the lights were so bright he could only see Black people in the room. 

“The lights are so bright in my eyes I can’t see too many people out there. But I can only see the Black ones. I can’t see any white ones. That’s how far I’ve come,” Trump told the crowd, provoking laughter. 

But Haley didn’t think his comments were funny.

“It’s disgusting, but that’s what happens when he goes off the teleprompter,” she told reporters after casting her ballot in Kiawah Island. “That’s the chaos that comes with Donald Trump. That’s the offensiveness that’s going to happen every day between now and the general election, which is why I continue to say Donald Trump cannot win a general election. He won’t.

“We can make him the primary nominee if we want to, but we Republicans will lose come November.” 

The Associated Press contributed to this update.

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GOP politicians who have thrown their support behind Trump in 2024

So far, President Donald Trump has secured a win in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada during the first contests of the 2024 presidential nomination calendar.

“We want to thank the great people of Iowa,” he said in a caucus victory speech in Des Moines, Iowa.

Here are just a few of the politicians who have endorsed Trump as the GOP 2024 presidential nominee.

Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, R-La., Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., Sen. Katie Britt, R-Ala., Majority Whip Tom Emmer, R-Minn., House GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., National Republican Congressional Committee Chair Richard Hudson, R-N.C., House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., Sen. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird, Sen. Deb Fischer and John Cornyn have all endorsed Trump since he announced his 2024 presidential campaign.


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Haley vows to stay in Republican race, says Americans don’t ‘anoint kings’

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley told reporters she is not leaving the GOP primary so long as a majority of Americans say they don’t want President Biden or former President Trump.

“Look, my whole goal for running is because you have a majority of Americans who are saying they don’t want Donald Trump and they don’t want Joe Biden. So as long as you have a majority of Americans saying, ‘please give us a choice,’ I’m going to continue to fight,” Haley said shortly after she cast her primary ballot on Kiawah Island. 

The underdog GOP candidate said said America is not like Russia and Americans don’t “anoint kings.” 

“Here in America, we have elections and people’s voices are heard. And how blessed we are that we get to do that,” she continued. “And so we want these states to be able to vote. And it’s between now and ten days from now, another 21 states and territories will be voting. And I think it’s a great thing.” 

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Who is Nikki Haley’s husband, Michael Haley?

Nikki Haley’s husband, William Michael Haley, has recently made headlines due to a 2012 book written by the former South Carolina governor that’s made its way back into the public eye.

A Vox senior politics correspondent posted an excerpt from Haley’s book, “Can’t Is Not an Option,” which mentions how “Bill” became Michael Haley, South Carolina First Gentleman.

Nikki Haley renamed her husband,” the tweet stated along with the excerpt.

The piece gives background context of how Haley’s husband’s name was changed.

Haley said that after they had been dating, she looked at him one time and asked what his name was. “’You know it’s Bill,’ he said puzzled.”

“You just don’t look like a Bill. What’s your whole name?” She asked. “William Michael,” he told her.

The couple met at Clemson University, got married in 1996, and they have two children, Rena and Nalin Haley. Michael is a combat veteran and he became First Gentleman of South Carolina in 2011, according to Haley’s campaign website.

Haley, who serves in the South Carolina Army National Guard, began his year-long deployment to Africa in June. He serves as a staff officer with the 218th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.


Fox News Digital’s Paul Steinhauser and Joe Schoffstall contributed to this report.

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Trump’s latest ad against Haley with a Super Bowl theme

Former President Donald Trump has launched several advertisements against his GOP competitor, former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, one of the most recent being a play on the Super Bowl. 

The ad, released the same day as Super Bowl 58, showed a spoof football game in “America First Stadium” and a red flag being thrown after a clip played of Haley saying she “never” said that she wanted to raise the Social Security age.

The video then showed a referee reviewing Haley’s claim by watching different past clips of Haley talking about Social Security and saying 65 is “way too low.”

He then steps to the middle of the field to announce that he believes Haley wants to “raise the age of Social Security.”

Trump was then seen throwing a football next to another clip of him walking on a field with his wife and former First Lady Melania Trump.

The two dueling candidates have been ramping up attacks on one another in the weeks leading up to the highly anticipated South Carolina primary on Feb. 24.

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What issues are important to voters in South Carolina?

When voters cast their ballots, they aren’t just supporting a candidate — they have issues in mind they care about deeply.

In November of last year, some Black voters in South Carolina relayed that the Democratic Party has “failed them,” according to many political strategists. Politico reported that Black business owners were frustrated over the Democratic Party’s focus on racial issues.

“We’re treating them like their only issue is racial issues, and not all of us, but to some extent some of us have moved past that,” Marcurius Bryd, a Democratic strategist, told the outlet.

Ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, South Carolina residents told Fox News which issues they were most concerned about. Energy independence, voter ID laws, border security, inflation, culture, gas prices and retirement were top of mind in that election.

South Carolinians viewed economic matters as the most concerning issues in 2020, according to a Fox News Voter Analysis. Most said they were concerned with the economy and jobs at 34%, tied with the coronavirus pandemic.

Other concerns included health care, racism, law enforcement, abortion, immigration, climate change and last, foreign policy.

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Haley casts ballot in SC in final stand against Trump one year after launching GOP presidential bid

Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley spoke to reporters after she cast her primary ballot in Kiawah Island on Saturday.

“It is with great gratitude that I go in today, excited,” Haley said.

“In a general election you’re given a choice. In a primary election, you make your choice. We hope that everyone goes out and makes their choice today.”

A little more than a year after formally declaring her candidacy for the White House, Haley is the last remaining major rival to former President Donald Trump in the race for the 2024 Republican nomination.

“America is not past our prime, it’s just that our politicians are past theirs,” Haley said on Feb. 15, 2023, taking shots at both Trump, who’s now 77, and President Biden, who’s 81.

Haley, a former two-term South Carolina governor who later served as U.N. ambassador in the Trump administration, launched her campaign in front of a large crowd of supporters in Charleston. She was the first of the major challengers to Trump to enter the 2024 race, and a year later she’s the final one standing.

Ahead of the South Carolina Republican presidential primary, Haley faced a steep uphill climb for the nomination against Trump, the commanding frontrunner as he makes his third straight White House run.

Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser and Chris Pandolfo contributed to this report.

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WATCH: Nancy Mace blasts Nikki Haley’s massive campaign spending plans beyond South Carolina

Republican South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mace ripped Nikki Haley’s aim to continue her campaign for the GOP presidential nomination beyond Saturday’s primary in her home state, as well as plans for her to spend seven figures on ad buys for Super Tuesday.

“No matter how much Nikki Haley spends, she’s still not going to become the Republican nominee for president. This needs to end tomorrow night,” Mace told Fox News Digital ahead of former President Trump’s final rally on Friday in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

“Starting Sunday morning, we have to stop taking shots at Donald Trump and start looking to win back the White House because this is the most consequential election of our lifetime. Donald Trump is going to win South Carolina, he’s going to become the nominee, and it’s time that we rally around him tomorrow night,” she added.

Mace also gave her thoughts about the future of the Republican National Committee (RNC) after Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel steps down in what is expected to be the near future.

Trump has endorsed
his daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, to be the RNC’s next co-chair, something Mace expressed strong backing for.

“I support Lara Trump. I’ve been on the campaign trail with her this week. She is inspirational, and I believe she could do a lot of good for our party if she’s in that position,” she said.

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Who is South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster?

Henry McMaster serves as South Carolina’s 117th governor. He succeeded former South Carolina governor and 2024 GOP presidential candidate Nikki Haley in 2017. 

He has a wife, Peggy, two children and two grandchildren.  

McMaster is a “longtime public servant” of the southern state, according to his campaign website. He was born in the state’s capital, Columbia, and went to the University of South Carolina in 1969 receiving a bachelor’s degree in history. 

He later graduated from his college’s school of law and then served in the U.S. Army Reserves before receiving an honorable discharge in 1975, his biography states.

He became legislative assistant for the late Sen. Strom Thurmond in D.C. and then joined the law firm of Tompkins and McMaster in 1974. He practiced law for more than 40 years.  

McMaster was the first U.S. attorney appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1981. He chaired the state Republican Party from 1993 to 2002 and then was elected attorney general of the state in 2002 and re-elected 2006.  

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South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster casts ballot for Trump in Republican primary

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster endorsed Donald Trump in 2022 shortly after the former president announced he was running for the White House in 2024.  

On Saturday, McMaster told reporters he voted for Trump and not against former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who was governor when he served as her lieutenant.

McMaster’s spokesman Brian Symmes previously told the Post and Courier, “Governor Henry McMaster has consistently supported President Trump and he will continue to do so.” When asked if this was an endorsement for Trump, Symmes said “Yes, it is.”  

Haley shared hew view on McMaster’s support of Trump last month.

At a rally, Haley was conversing with the crowd when someone mentioned that McMaster was supporting Trump. She replied, “Oh, I’m sorry, the one I defeated when I ran for governor?” Fox Carolina reported.  

McMaster appeared at a rally in New Hampshire back in January to show his support for Trump.  

South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott and Rep. Nancy Mace have also endorsed the former president in his re-election effort.


Fox News Digital’s Chris Pandolfo contributed to this update.

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Nikki Haley commits 7-figure ad-buy to underscore fight for Super Tuesday

Nikki Haley’s team has given its strongest indication yet that the former ambassador plans to stay in the race for the Republican nomination through Super Tuesday by announcing a seven-figure ad-buy in various states. 

“We know that the math is challenging, but this has never just been about who can win a Republican primary,” Haley’s campaign manager Betsy Ankney said Friday on a call with reporters, according to NPR. “This battle is about who can win in November, defeat the Democrats and finally get our country back on track.”

Former President Donald Trump continues to lead as voters head to the polls in Haley’s home state of South Carolina, with Haley trying to prove her viability with a competitive finish. Polling ahead of the primary indicated Trump has commanding double-digit lead. 

Haley made clear in the days ahead of the primary that she planned to stay in no matter the outcome of Saturday’s primary, saying she would “refuse to quit” and that “on Sunday, I’ll still be running for president. I’m not going anywhere.”

In a separate interview this week with NPR, Haley once again raised her concerns about Trump as president, arguing that Trump brought “chaos” and “division.” She made clear that she has “even more concerns about Joe Biden being president.” 

Her fight has brought her significant financial backing, with her campaign managing to pull around 5,200 donors who had backed President Biden in the 2020 election, including over 1,600 donors who gave more than $500,000 to Biden, according to Politico.

Haley’s campaign highlighted the “large dollar” donations of $200 or more from over 55,000 individuals in January alone as proof of her backing. She also siphoned more than 10,000 donors who had supported Trump in 2020. 


Fox News Digital’s Peter Aitken contributed to this update.

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Which primaries come next after South Carolina?

After former President Donald Trump was named victor of the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primaries, Republican voters in South Carolina will also have the opportunity to make their pick for a preferred nominee today.

Democrats held their first presidential primary in South Carolina on Feb. 3 – after the party ditched Iowa as their first primary to a state more likely to vote President Biden for a second term. Republicans will caucus in the Palmetto State on Feb. 24. 

At the Nevada primaries on Feb. 8, Trump once again came out victorious. Democrats contested in Nevada on Feb. 6 and Biden also won by a landslide.

On Feb. 27, Michigan will hold a primary race, the last primary before Super Tuesday on March 5, when various states will hold simultaneous primaries in the contest for a presidential nominee.

The presidential election season is quickly ramping up with must-watch state primaries and caucuses.

Fox News’ Gabriele Regalbuto contributed to this report.

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Nikki Haley says no chance of being Trump VP, says she ‘would’ve gotten out already’

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley
says there is zero chance of her becoming the vice presidential nominee alongside former President Donald Trump.

Speaking with Fox News’s Bret Baier in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, during the final days of her campaigning in the state.

“We’re gonna see what happens tomorrow,” Haley told Baier. “But look, the problem when people say, ‘Why is she doing this? Why is she doing that?’ At first, they were like, ‘She’s doing this because she wants to be vice president.’ I think ’we’ve pretty much settled that. I’ve said it for months, it’s done.” 

“I wouldn’t be doing this if I was worried about a political future,” she added. “I would’ve gotten out already. I’m doing this trying to wake up our country.”

Trump previously acknowledged during a Fox News townhall that Ron DeSantis, Tim Scott, Vivek Ramaswamy, Kristi Noem, Bryon Donalds and Tulsi Gabbard are on his running mate shortlist. 

Trump has many times reiterated that he has ruled out Haley as his running mate, despite some Republicans who had hoped for a combined ticket.

Asked on Friday if she would be willing to drop out of the Republican primary in order to team up with Democratic candidate Rep. Dean Phillips on a unity ticket, Haley said no.

“I’m running as a Republican. I’m running trying to wake people up that, if they nominate Donald Trump in this primary, we will lose a general election,” Haley said.

Fox News Digital’s Timothy H.J. Nerozzi contributed to this update.

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Lindsey Graham says Haley will lose SC: ‘Jesus could beat Trump, but other than that, nobody’

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said one thing is on the mind of Palmetto State voters on Primary Day — who is able to defeat President Biden? 

“Who can beat Biden? Who can turn around America?” Graham asked on “Fox & Friends” Saturday morning, speaking from a diner in Columbia. 

“Everybody in here has a couple of things in common: They love our country. They think we’re going in the wrong direction,” Graham said, gesturing to the other patrons enjoying their breakfast.

Graham said the winner of the South Carolina Republican primary is going to be GOP nominee and said he is voting for former President Donald Trump over former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

“I like Nikki, I’ve known Nikki a long time. I’m voting for Trump, not against her,” he said.

Asked why he is supporting Trump instead of Haley, Graham said the former president “is the right guy at the right time.” 

“I had a front row seat for four years and I saw what he was able to do,” he continued. “Everybody says, ‘I like Trump policies. I want somebody new.’ There are no Trump policies without Donald Trump. That’s just a fact, right?” 

“I think Nikki is thinking somehow it won’t work out for Trump,” he added later. “I want her to make her own decision. But I hope when she does get out, and she will have to because she’s going to lose our home state — and that’s not a slam on her. Nobody could beat Trump in South Carolina. Jesus could beat Trump. But other than that, nobody.” 

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More potential VP picks surface as Trump campaigns ahead of South Carolina primary

Former President Donald Trump told supporters in the final days ahead of the New Hampshire primary that he likely will not choose 2024 Republican nomination rival Nikki Haley as his running mate. 

“She is not presidential timber,” Trump said of Haley as he spoke at a Friday night rally in New Hampshire’s capital city. “Now, when I say that, that probably means that she’s not going to be chosen as the vice president.”

Some potential Vice President picks are former primary candidate and South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, New York House
Rep Elise Stefanik
, Senator J.D. Vance of Ohio, South Carolina House Rep Nancy Mace, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, and Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders. 

Scott, who remains popular with primary voters, is an enticing choice but Stefanik is said to have recently impressed Trump with her grilling of Ivy League presidents over antisemitism on campus. 

With an abundance of options, few in Trump’s political orbit have a good feel for whom Trump is leaning toward as his running mate. Veteran Republican strategist Ryan Williams noted that “Trump prizes loyalty and fealty above everything else when it comes to his supporters.”

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Wall Street leader calls on Haley to drop out if she loses big in South Carolina

Scott Bessent, the CEO of Key Square Capital Management, a New York-based investment firm, is calling on former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to drop out of the Republican primary.

In an op-ed for Fox News Digital, Bessent said Haley is likely to lose the South Carolina primary, and that a big loss in her home state could harm her political future. 

“It is a powerful signal when a politician’s home state does not back him or her in a national contest,” Bessent wrote. “This is the situation in which Haley will likely find herself on the evening of February 24. That she will lose the South Carolina Republican Primary in excess of 20% (more among registered Republicans) is a powerful message from the people of South Carolina: we know you better than any other voters and now is not your time. 

“As a native small-town South Carolinian who, like Haley, returned home after a successful run in Manhattan, I am calling on her to follow Republican Senator Tim Scott’s lead. She should abandon her campaign on the evening of February 24, when it becomes clear that she has been handily defeated in her home state. Scott, South Carolina’s most popular statewide politician, has become a powerful voice in the Republican effort to replace President Joe Biden.”  


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Trump introduced a signature line of ‘Trump Sneakers,’ some costing $399, at Sneaker Con

Trump traveled last weekend to Pennsylvania, where he was greeted at Sneaker Con with mixed and emotional reactions from those in attendance.

Trump’s surprise appearance at the event — known as “The Greatest Sneaker Show On Earth,” according to the organizer’s website — came shortly before the former president traveled to Michigan for a campaign rally.

Taking the stage at the event in Philadelphia, Trump appeared before a crowd of emotional attendees, some of whom cheered on the president as others booed him during his speech.

Trump spoke for roughly 10 minutes, appearing alongside a pair of gold, custom Trump-branded sneakers that are now being sold in limited supply for $399 a pair.

“They love it, and they love what we’ve done,” Trump said of influencers as he flashed the shoes to those in the audience. “That’s the real deal.”

“A lot of emotion. There’s a lot of emotion in this room,” Trump said shortly after taking the podium. “They have lines going all around the block. They’ve never seen anything like this one.”

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Nikki Haley says ‘Trump will not win the general election’ ahead of South Carolina primary

Nikki Haley asserted two days ahead of the South Carolina Republican primary that former President Trump “will not win the general election.” 

“What I’m trying to tell all Republicans and anybody – Independents as well – anybody that’s voting in those primaries is if you want a change in the country, which I think the entire country wants a change, is we won’t get a change if we don’t win an election,” the former South Carolina governor told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Thursday. 

She proclaimed, “Donald Trump will not win the general election. You can have him win any primary you want, he will not win a general election. We will have a female President of the United States: It will either be me or it will be Kamala Harris. But if Donald Trump is the nominee, you can mark my words, he will not win a general election.”

Some general election polls have shown Haley could fare better against President Biden than Trump, but the former president has a decisive lead heading into the Palmetto State’s Saturday primary. 

Haley further warned, “Don’t complain about what happens in a general election if you don’t vote that in this primary.”

“We can do better,” she added, noting that Trump and Biden are the “two most disliked politicians in America.” 

She added that a majority of Americans have said they feel both men are “too old” to hold the office again. 

“We need someone who can work eight years straight of hard work, day and night, fully disciplined with no drama, no vendettas, just results or the American people,” she said. 

Fox News Digital’s Brie Stimson contributed to this report.

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Where in South Carolina is Nikki Haley from and are they supporting her or Trump?

Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will compete in a vital presidential primary race in her own home state, with the hopes that her former constituents will rally behind her in her bid for the White House.

Haley grew up in the small town of Bamberg, South Carolina, living in the state for decades until she was eventually elected to serve as governor in 2011. The former United Nations ambassador recently visited her hometown while on the campaign trail to meet with voters ahead of the highly anticipated presidential primary race. 

While Haley has an edge after being previously elected to serve as governor of the Palmetto State, her GOP competitor former President Donald Trump, remains the frontrunner of the race after winning every Republican presidential primary of the 2024 cycle thus far. 

Trump and Haley, the two remaining candidates in the GOP field, will face off at the South Carolina presidential primary race on Saturday, Feb. 24.

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Nikki Haley’s son and daughter play a role in her 2024 GOP primary campaign

Nikki Haley’s son Nalin Haley, 22, has stepped into the political spotlight as his mom campaigns for the 2024 GOP nomination. Nalin was seen campaigning during a rally for his mother in Gilbert, South Carolina on February 10.  

Nalin did not shy away from taking a jab at Sen. Tim Scott for endorsing former President Donald Trump over his mother.  “Senator Judas—excuse me, Senator Scott,” he said at the rally, according to the Guardian.  

Later on, Haley reportedly responded with “Nalin, I will deal with you later,” in a joking manner. 

A spokesperson for Sen. Scott commented on Nalin’s remark in a statement, referring to the senator’s mother: “You’d never hear Ms. Frances or anyone from the Scott family talk like that.”  

Back in November, Haley and her two children appeared in an interview to talk with Fox News’ Harris Faulkner.  

Both Rena and Nalin talked about their mother and father’s careers and how their parents taught them “to love and respect this country and really understand what it means to be blessed to live in America.” 

Nalin helped work with his mother’s campaign over the summer of 2023, but during his time back at school, he said he would ask for $5 every Friday, where they would send texts discussing issues or a memory as a family, asking for $5 donations to the campaign.  

Haley said her children have been an encouragement to her as she has been in the political sphere and taken the path of running for president.  

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Recap: Trump wins the New Hampshire Republican primary, taunts Haley

After a landslide victory in Iowa, former President Donald Trump was hoping for a knockout blow to former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. Haley was hoping for a decisive comeback victory. Neither left happy.

New Hampshire
, a state known for their moderates and independents, was a prime opportunity for Haley to have a strong showing. While she performed well, gaining 43% of the vote to Trump’s 56%, it was not enough to overcome Trump’s command of the Republican base.

At his victory party, Trump taunted Haley, saying, “She’s doing, like, a speech like she won. She didn’t win. She lost … She had a very bad night.”

Haley responded in kind, “You’ve all heard the chatter among the political class. They’re falling all over themselves saying this race is over. Well, I have news for all of them: New Hampshire is the first in the nation. It’s not the last in the nation. This race is far from over. There are dozens of states left to go.”

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Here’s when the South Carolina primaries take place and where you can vote

In South Carolina, the Republican primary is a semi-closed primary, meaning anyone can vote in it, regardless of party registration. 

The only restriction is that people voting in the Republican primary cannot have voted in the Democratic primary earlier in the year. 

The deadline to submit early vote ballots was February 22, between 8:30-6:00 p.m. ET at specified polling locations. Primary Day voting will occur on Saturday, February 24, from 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. To vote, South Carolinians will need some form of government issued I.D. such as a South Carolina Driver’s License, military ID, passport, or South Carolina voter registration card with photo identification.

Unofficial results are expected to be reported that evening. Former President Donald Trump, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, and Equity Group CEO Ryan Binkley are on the ballot. 

Registered voters can look up their precinct and polling places at scvotes.gov.

South Carolina does not have same-day voter registration. Voters must be registered at least 30 days prior to any election in order to vote in that election. 


Fox News Digital’s Matteo Cina contributed to this update.

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Tim Scott endorsed Donald Trump, argued that it’s ‘time to unite our party now behind Donald Trump’

In January, Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina
called for the GOP to unify around Trump minutes after formally endorsing him for President. 

“It’s time for us to unite our party so that we make sure that the only target we’re talking about is firing Joe Biden,” Scott emphasized after formally backing the former president at a Trump campaign rally in New Hampshire’s state capital city.

“The best way for us to get rid of Joe Biden as our president is to unite our party now behind Donald Trump,” Scott added.

He is not alone, 26 GOP senators have backed Trump and nearly 120 House Republicans are supporting Trump along with 10 governors. 

Trump, the commanding front-runner for the nomination as he makes his third straight White House run, is leagues ahead of his only remaining GOP 2024 rival – former U.N. ambassador and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley – when it comes to endorsements.

“It’s weird to see such an outsider having everyone in D.C. behind him, and unifying the party at such an early stage,” veteran Republican strategist Matthew Bartlett told Fox News.

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South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mace talks Trump VP speculation, says Tim Scott would be ‘fantastic’

Republican South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mace discussed her endorsement of former President Trump and the possibility of being his running mate in an interview published Saturday.

Mace, who has been floated in Trump’s shortlist of potential vice presidential candidates, has recently campaigned for Trump alongside his daughter-in-law Lara Trump. She told Politico she thinks Trump will win South Carolina by anywhere from 25 to 28 points and that her focus is to “get him across the finish line.” 

Asked if she would potentially agree to be Trump’s running mate, Mace said “Anybody would say yes.” 

“But when was the last time a House member became vice president? I mean, it just doesn’t happen. And my focus has always been on South Carolina,” Mace added. “I love the job that I’m doing. I love the results that I have delivered. But I do understand, women’s issues are going to be a topic in ‘24. And I see an opportunity for me to be able to do that.” 

Mace noted that abortion will be an issue up and down the ballot and suggested she would be able to help Trump with women voters. She has previously called the Republican Party “tone deaf” on abortion and urged GOP elected officials “to find a middle ground on this issue.”

She also said that South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, who ended his own presidential campaign before the Iowa Caucuses and endorsed Trump, would be a “fantastic” choice.

The last House member to run on a presidential ticket was former House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., who ran alongside Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, on the 2012 Republican ticket. 

Democratic President Obama defeated Romney in the 2012 presidential election, winning 332 Electoral College votes and earning a second term in the White House. 

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Ainsley Earhardt asks South Carolina voters who they’re voting for in GOP primary

Fox & Friends” co-host Ainsley Earhardt spoke with voters in her hometown of Columbia, South Carolina ahead of Saturday’s primary election.

One woman said she and her husband were planning on voting for former President Donald Trump to get the economy back on track. 

“We have a very large family. And, you know, we just need things — they were not like this few years ago when he was in office. So we just want to see if we can get lower gas prices and lower groceries and things like that,” she told Earhardt. 

Another man said he was voting for Trump, “because I like the way we were four years ago.” 

A third man said he planned to vote for former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, but added that he will support “whoever the Republican is that gets nominated in the convention.” 

“If President Trump gets the nomination, that’s who. I will definitely support him,” he said. 

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Trump crushed the competition in South Carolina in 2016 and 2020

Former President Donald Trump’s performance in South Carolina has been relatively consistent since his entrance into the political arena.

In 2016, Trump won the primary with 32.5% of the vote compared to Marco Rubio’s 22.5%, Ted Cruz’s 22.3%, and Jeb Bush’s 7.9%. He later went on to win South Carolina in the general election with 55% of the vote. 

In 2020, with Trump being the incumbent, no Republican primary was held in South Carolina. In the general election, Trump defeated President Joe Biden with 55% of the vote.

Trump is expected to beat his old South Carolina record of 32.5% against former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. Primary day is Saturday, February 24th with the results being announced that evening.

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Polls are open in South Carolina. How has the Palmetto State voted in the past?

The polls opened in South Carolina at 7:00 a.m. ET.

South Carolina is the “first in the south” primary and the fifth Republican contest of the primary season.The state traditionally has a strong evangelical showing and rewards socially conservative candidates. In 2016 former President Donald Trump won the state with 32% of the vote, beating Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio who got 22% each.

In the 2012 primary season Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich carried the state by 40% to later Presidential Nominee and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s 27%. South Carolina, a largely conservative state, has voted Republican in every presidential election since 1976 when the state went to Jimmy Carter.  

Democrats have prioritized South Carolina in their election lineup due to a growing number of minority voters. In 2004 Republicans won 57% of the vote in South Carolina and that number has remained relatively consistent all the way through the 2020 election between Donald Trump and President Joe Biden.

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Why is South Carolina a must-watch state among the primary races?

The 2024 presidential election marks an especially significant year for South Carolina primary voters.

The Democrat Party broke tradition by switching up their primary calendar for 2024 so that the first official primary would take place in South Carolina other than Iowa in an effort to reach more minority voters. 

The primary was held on Feb. 3, where incumbent President Biden was declared the winner of the party’s primary calendar kickoff. 

On the Republican side, there is also an emphasis on the Palmetto State this cycle with the state’s very own former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley competing on the GOP ballot. 

Haley is competing against former President Donald Trump for the GOP nomination, and voters nationwide are eager to see whether voters in her home state will rally behind her or support the former president.

Haley and Trump are set to face off at the South Carolina primary on Feb. 24, 2024.

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If Haley pulls off a seemingly impossible win in South Carolina, Trump would be in trouble

A (highly unlikely) defeat for former President Donald Trump would be a shocking upset that could dramatically reshape the state of the primary race.

After winning a landslide victory in Iowa, a solid victory in New Hampshire, and a landslide victory in Nevada, Trump has been advancing
a message that the primary is practically over. And polls suggest a knockout victory for Trump in former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s home state.

However, if Haley is able to pull off a win (or even a tie) in South Carolina, it could show that Trump could be beaten and give Haley much needed momentum going into the all-important Super Tuesday contests.

Haley’s campaign has revolved around courting moderates and Republicans who have distanced themselves from the GOP in recent elections. If Haley has a strong showing in South Carolina, it would mean she is capable of making inroads with the evangelical base that would be required to win the presidential election.

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What will a loss for Haley in South Carolina mean?

In another primary election season, a knockout victory by former President Donald Trump against former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, in her own state, might be a campaign’s death knell. However, Haley has vowed to take the fight on through Super Tuesday and has made a point that she considers Trump a losing candidate in 2024.

Losses in all three primary states so far means Haley is not going into South Carolina with much momentum.

A significant loss in her own state would make that momentum even worse heading into Super Tuesday.

With around 800 delegates up for grab on March 5, and 150 over the next two weeks, if Haley does not perform well during Super Tuesday it could be virtually impossible for her candidacy to achieve the nomination. That makes every opportunity for her to gain any momentum prior to Super Tuesday invaluable and South Carolina could be her last opportunity.

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Here are the areas where Haley could put up a fight as Trump looks to sweep South Carolina

Voters are casting ballots today in South Carolina, the last of the major early states to choose a Republican nominee for president before Super Tuesday.

Former President Donald Trump has maintained a consistent and commanding polling lead, while the state’s former governor, Nikki Haley, will try to prove that she is a viable candidate with a competitive performance.

She will need to win at least in Charleston and Richland to clear that bar, while Trump will be looking to sweep the rest of the state.

Two counties in upstate South Carolina, Greenville and Spartanburg, add up to about 16% of the registered voter population of the state.

Like the overall region, these two counties are also heavily White and evangelical.

As we saw in Iowa, these voters favor Trump by wide margins, and the latest polling in South Carolina suggests they will vote similarly here today.

In line with her strategy in New Hampshire, Haley will look to win in highly populated urban and suburban areas. 

Charleston and Richland, which make up about 16% of the overall statewide vote, are at the top of the list.

Charleston County is home to the city of the same name, which is also the most populated city in the state. Richland County contains Columbia, the state’s capital and home of the University of South Carolina.

Some of Trump’s best performances in the 2016 Republican primary came from very small, rural counties.

He received more than 40% of the vote in 13 counties, ten of which had populations of less than 50,000 people.

Look to places like Lee County, in central South Carolina, where Trump took home 47% of the vote, beating closest rival Cruz by 25 points. Lee County’s population is about 16,000 people and dropping.

And that was in a race with two popular challengers, at a time when Trump had not yet persuaded the base that he had the right conservative credentials.

Collectively, these rural areas represent a powerful part of the overall statewide vote in South Carolina.

Fox News’ Rémy Numa contributed to this update.

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Trump expected to move closer to clinching GOP presidential nomination with likely win over Haley

Nikki Haley has ramped up her attacks on former President Trump in the weeks before the South Carolina Republican primary, where Trump is widely expected to trounce her

On the campaign trail in the closing days, Haley told her supporters, “I will take the bruises. I will take the cuts. This is going to be messy and I’ll take the hurt, because I believe nothing good comes easy. Sometimes we have to feel pain to appreciate the blessing.”

Haley has also turned up the volume this month in her verbal attacks on Trump, from his legal entanglements to his controversial comments on NATO and the death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, as well as his mocking of her husband, who is overseas on a military tour of duty.

Trump grabbed a majority of the votes in Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary
victories in January, and won by a landslide earlier this month in the Nevada and U.S. Virgin Island caucuses, as he moves toward locking up the nomination.

The former president has only made a handful of stops in South Carolina this month, while he has campaigned relentlessly. But the final polls indicate Trump maintains a very large double-digit lead.

While South Carolina is home to Haley, the former president enjoys the backing of the state’s governor, nearly the entire congressional delegation and scores of state lawmakers and local officials.

Veteran South Carolina-based Republican consultant Dave Wilson pointed to Trump’s “groundswell” in the state and highlighted the former president’s “ground forces.”

Wilson, who remains neutral in the primary, also noted that “Nikki Haley is reintroducing herself to South Carolina” because “almost a million people have moved into the state since she was governor.”

But pointing to her undefeated electoral record, Wilson said, “Never underestimate Nikki Haley. Never count Nikki Haley out.”

Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this update.

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Haley courts independents, Democrats as she aims to avoid a blowout to Trump on her home turf

Nikki Haley is looking to prevent what Donald Trump’s presidential campaign predicts will be an “a– kicking” in her home state of South Carolina Saturday by courting independent voters.

“This is an open primary,” Haley emphasized in a “Fox and Friends” interview this week.

The former two-term Palmetto State governor who later served as U.N. ambassador in the former president’s administration notes that “anybody can vote in the primary, as long as you didn’t vote in the Democrat primary on February 3rd in South Carolina.”

Trump is the 2024 GOP frontrunner as he bids a third straight time for the White House. He grabbed a majority of the votes last month in Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary victories and won by a landslide earlier this month in the Nevada and U.S. Virgin Island caucuses to close in on locking up the nomination.

The final polls in South Carolina
showed Trump maintaining a large double-digit lead over Haley, the last remaining major rival challenging the former president.

Independents helped fuel Haley’s 43% showing in New Hampshire, where she lost to Trump by 11 points. But while independent voters have long played a crucial and influential role in the first-in-the-nation primary, they are much less of a factor in South Carolina’s more conservative electorate, where evangelical voters enjoy prominence in GOP contests.

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The South Carolina Republican primary is today

Republican primary voters are headed to the polls in South Carolina today, February 24, 2024, for the Palmetto State’s Republican presidential primary.

Former President Donald Trump, the 2024 GOP front-runner, will face off against his last remaining primary challenger, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley in her home state. Haley also served as Ambassador to the United Nations during Trump’s first term in office.

Trump, who is the favorite to win, predicted that Haley would bow out of the race soon after the votes are counted.

“She’s getting clobbered,” Trump emphasized at a recent rally in North Charleston, South Carolina, as he touted his formidable lead over Haley in Saturday’s Republican presidential primary in the Palmetto State. “She’s finished.”

“You’re not supposed to lose your home state. It shouldn’t happen,” Trump added Tuesday at a Fox News town hall in Greenville. “She’s losing it bigly.”

The expected win in South Carolina would move Trump a step closer to clinching the Republican nomination, and his campaign, in a memo earlier this week, argued that Haley’s White House bid will end “fittingly, in her home state.”

But Haley, the last major Trump challenger for the nomination left standing, remains defiant.

“Some of you — perhaps a few of you in the media — came here today to see if I’m dropping out of the race. Well, I’m not. Far from it,” the former two-term South Carolina governor who later served as U.N. ambassador in the Trump administration said in a major speech minutes after the release of the Trump campaign memo.

“I refuse to quit. South Carolina will vote on Saturday. But on Sunday, I’ll still be running for president. I’m not going anywhere,” Haley emphasized.

And she added that “I have no fear of Trump’s retribution.”

The polls will open at 7:00 a.m. ET and close at 7:00 p.m. ET. 

Fox News Digital’s Paul Steinhauser contributed to this update.

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Gov. Kemp demands answers from Biden about immigration status of suspected murderer

Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is demanding answers from the White House following the tragic killing of a 22-year-old nursing student, Laken Hope Riley, on the campus of the University of Georgia.

The letter came as 26-year-old Jose Antonio Ibarra, was charged as the suspect in the murder of the 22-year-old nursing student on the UGA campus.

Three ICE & DHS sources told Fox News that Ibarra is a Venezuelan national who crossed illegally into El Paso, Texas, in September 2022 and was released into the U.S. via parole.

Kemp addressed a letter to President Biden on Saturday morning, seeking clarification and demanding the White House secure the southern border.

“Frankly, Mr. President, your continued silence in response to these reasonable requests is outrageous,” Kemp wrote in the letter, which was posted on X. “The American people deserve to know who is illegally entering our country due to your administration’s failures, and what risks and challenges every state must now face.”

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In the letter, Kemp sought information on Ibarra’s current immigration status and why the administration had allegedly underscored the urgency of sharing the suspect’s immigration status promptly.

“Why was my administration not made aware of the asylum claims and subsequent release of an illegal resident who presented fraudulent identification?” Kemp asked. “What is the current immigration status of Jose Antonio Ibarra and why has this information not been relayed to my administration?”

“What additional information does your administration possess regarding these individuals and the circumstances surrounding their entry into the country?” Kemp asked.

Kemp emphasized how his administration was forced to rely on unofficial sources and leaks to media outlets for information on Ibarra — rather than ICE & DHS officials.

He asserted that answers to Ibarra’s immigration status must be provided publicly as soon as possible to ensure that state and local officials have the necessary information to safeguard communities.

“While media reports surrounding this case have relied on sources and leaks from your own federal agencies, the answers to these basic questions must be provided publicly as soon as possible to ensure state and local officials have the information we need in order to keep our communities safe,” Kemp said.

Kemp demanded that the federal government must secure the border before Riley’s fate is “replicated across the country.”

“These tragedies are not unique to Georgia. While we will continue to support Texas with National Guard resources as we have since 2019, federal action to secure the border is the only way to wholistically [sic] address this ongoing crisis and ensure Laken Riley’s horrible fate is not replicated across the country,” Kemp said. “However, if you continue to refuse to exercise your authority as president, your administration must provide the information necessary for Georgia and other states to protect our citizens.”

The White House insisted on Friday that House Republicans stand in the way of a solution to what Biden has called a “broken” immigration system. 

“For the past several months, we worked with Republican senators and also Democrats in the Senate to try to come up with a fair and tough piece of legislation that would deal with border security,” Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters at the daily White House press briefing. 

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Jean-Pierre noted that a bipartisan deal reached last month had been endorsed by the Border Patrol union before Johnson declared it “dead on arrival.” 

“Speaker Johnson has gotten in the way of this,” she added. “We did our job. The Senate did their job in a bipartisan way. 

Ibarra was taken into custody by UGA police Friday and has been charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, kidnapping, hindering a 911 call and concealing the death of another, UGA Police Chief Jeffrey L. Clark said during a news briefing Friday evening.  

Riley, an Augusta University nursing student, was found dead Thursday after previously attending UGA before entering a nursing program at the University of Augusta’s Athens campus. 

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According to an incident report obtained by Fox News Digital, multiple officers began searching for Riley near the Intramural Fields around 12:07 p.m. At 12:38, a UGA police officer spotted her on the ground. 

“I called out to Riley, and I did not get a response,” the officer wrote.

She had visible injuries, and police could not locate a pulse. They began CPR anyway. A sergeant arrived with a defibrillator minutes later and unsuccessfully attempted to revive the victim.

Autopsy results remained pending Friday, but authorities said they were investigating her death as a homicide. Clark said it appeared as though she had been killed by blunt-force trauma.

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Kemp’s office did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

Fox News’ Michael Ruiz, Chris Pandolfo and Bill Melugin contributed to this report.

Duke coach calls for ‘ban’ after star basketball player injured by fans after game

Wake Forest fans added injury to insult when they stormed the court following the Demon Deacons’ 83-79 upset victory over No. 8 Duke Saturday afternoon.

With the court flooded with black, white and gold attire after the final buzzer, Duke star Kyle Filipowski had to be helped off the court.

It appeared a fan made contact with him running from the left side of the court. The fan who appeared to hit Filipowski fell to the court, and Filipowski somehow ended up in the arms of Duke staff.

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As Filipowski made his way off the court, a fan filming the chaos on his phone wagged his finger Dikembe Mutombo-style.

One of the Blue Devils’ staff members helping Filipowski off the floor appeared to tell fans to “get the f— out of the way.”

Head coach Jon Scheyer said Filipowski sprained his ankle, and the coach called for court storming to end.

“When are we going to ban court storming? When are we going to ban that? How many times does a player have to get into something where they get punched, or they get pushed, or they get taunted right in their face? It’s a dangerous thing.”

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As the chaos ensured, ESPN’s Chris Spatola also pleaded for court storming to end.

“That should not happen. That right there is why court storming should not happen,” he said.

Last month, ESPN analyst Jay Bilas made a similar plea after Caitlin Clark was run into by a fan.

“The passion of it is great. I love the passion. Fans do not belong on the court. Ever,” he said at the time. “When somebody gets hurt, we’re going to get serious about it.”

The Southeastern Conference fines schools $100,000 for storming the court, but that didn’t stop South Carolina fans from doing so in January after the Gamecocks beat No. 6 Kentucky. A second offense is $250,000, while subsequent offenses will cost $500,000. 

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LSU was also fined $100,000 this week after the Tigers defeated the Wildcats. There are no court-storming penalties in place in the ACC.

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American couple enjoying retirement feared dead after escaped prisoners hijack yacht

A Virginia couple who were enjoying their retirement cruising the Caribbean on their yacht are feared dead after three escaped prisoners hijacked their vessel.

Ralph Hendry and Kathy Brandel were docked on Sunday in the St. George’s area of Grenada, which they frequent annually in the winter months when authorities say the three fugitives set upon them and stole their yacht called “Simplicity.” The vessel is a catamaran, a type of sailing yacht with two hulls. 

The prisoners, aged 30, 19, and 20, had been locked up on charges of violent robbery, with the eldest also being held on three counts of attempted rape.  

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The Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) says the three prisoners were discovered near another Caribbean Island on Wednesday, but there was no sign of the couple. 

Investigators say the boat was ransacked and that a violent act took place.

“The RGPF is currently working on leads that suggest that the two occupants of the yacht may have been killed in the process,” police said in a Thursday Facebook post. “It is believed that the occupants of the yacht were American citizens.”

A GoFundMe post by Jessica Mause, who says she is a close friend of one of the couple’s sons, wrote that they were dead.

“It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that we share the devastating news of the senseless act of violence that tragically claimed the lives of husband and wife, Ralph Hendry and Kathy Brandel. Their lives ended in unimaginable tragedy… off the shores of Grand Anse Beach, Grenada.”

However, Hendry’s sister, Suellen Desmarais, told FOX 5 that she is keeping faith they are alive and is still trying to figure out what happened.

“Why would I presume anyone is dead with no body and DNA? I want to remain positive. I want to believe that they are alive,” said Desmarais, who shared some details about the heartbreaking incident.

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“On Sunday, they went into the town around 3 o’clock because another boater saw them go into town. And then the other boater, when he went to bed, he noticed that they were there because you always look to see who is around you and in the morning, when the boater woke up they were gone,” Desmarais said. 

The RGPF said it had taken the three prisoners into custody; Ron Mitchell, a 30-year-old sailor; Trevon Robertson, a 19-year-old unemployed man and Abita Stanislaus, a 20-year-old farmer. They are all locals from Paradise in Grenada and had been locked up since December, police said. 

Mause wrote that the couple were experienced adventurers who spent their retirement sailing aboard Simplicity in the winters and then traveled to New England in the summer. 

Nicole Parker, a former FBI special agency and Fox News contributor says she fears the worst for the couple. 

“My suspicion is the suspects forced them to sail where they wanted to get to, probably had a violent interaction, killed them, dumped them overboard and went on their way,” Parker told Fox News Digital.

She said that the FBI are often called to other countries to help with their investigations if requested to do so and that the suspects could still be prosecuted even if the couple’s bodies are not recovered. It is unclear whether the FBI have been called upon to investigate this incident. 

“Hopefully they’ve required the assistance of the FBI, such as its evidence response team, to bring justice to these individuals who likely hurt or killed U.S. citizens,” said Parker, who has investigated violent crimes involving U.S. citizens in international waters.

She said that U.S. tourists should remain vigilant at all times when visiting foreign countries. 

“Sometimes we let our guards down when on vacation. We always have to be aware and alert, because unfortunately, there are people out there who have no respect for human life.”

“Never live in fear, but follow your gut, and keep your head on a swivel.”

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Hendry and Brandel were part of a sailing association called the Salty Dog. Its president, Rob Osborn, said that instances like this are uncommon in Grenada. He said he had received a message from a person who had seen the yacht abandoned and then had called local authorities.

“This is a tragedy that has shaken our community,” Osborn told FOX 5. He also lives on the sea.

 “There are literally hundreds of people who do what I do in the winter. I just want everyone to know that this is very rare. When people ask us if we worry about pirates, the answer is ‘No,’ these are friendly islands. “Whether you are in New York City, Chicago or here, sometimes bad things happen, and this is heinous.”

Common sleep disorder can lead to serious health problems, expert warns

Esther Rodriguez Villegas, a professor at Imperial College London and founder of the London-based medical technology company Acurable, is sharing common health and well-being issues that can result from sleep apnea — a problem that can be disruptive for both sufferers as well as their loved ones.

One of these risks is cardiovascular disease. The sudden and frequent drops in blood oxygen caused by sleep apnea can “put a strain on the cardiovascular system and cause increased blood pressure,” Villegas told Fox News Digital in an interview.

“If symptoms persist over a long period of time, this increases the chances of serious cardiovascular problems, such as heart attacks, strokes or abdominal aortic aneurysms, to name a few,” she said.

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The “potentially serious” sleep disorder known as sleep apnea causes breathing to stop and start repeatedly during sleep, according to Mayo Clinic’s definition.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is one type of sleep apnea that occurs when “throat muscles relax and block the flow of air to the lungs,” Mayo Clinic explained on its website.

Central sleep apnea (CSA) happens when the brain fails to send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing.

And yet, while sleep apnea can affect anyone, certain factors such as excessive weight and thicker neck circumference, which can cause narrower airways, can increase the risk, according to Mayo Clinic. 

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Older men are at a higher risk of sleep apnea, as well as those who consume alcohol, smoke or use sedatives or tranquilizers.

Increasing evidence suggests that the drops in oxygen are linked to years of reduction in life expectancy, the doctor noted.

Diabetes can be another outcome of sleep apnea, as patients with type 2 diabetes have a “very high” prevalence of OSA, according to Villegas.

“Unfortunately, most don’t know they have obstructive sleep apnea, while recent evidence has demonstrated that untreated disease leads to significantly worse glycemic control — in other words, worse progression of their diabetes,” she said.

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Since sleep apnea “severely disrupts rest at night,” Villegas warned that the condition can impair energy and concentration levels during the day.

This can result in an increased risk of car accidents, according to the expert.

“The statistics vary, but it is thought that in Europe, for example, untreated sleep apnea is the second leading cause of car accidents,” she said.

This lack of energy can also affect school or work performance, which can lead to disciplinary issues or accidents.

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“Children with sleep apnea are often found to underperform at school and are sometimes misdiagnosed with ADHD,” said Villegas.

“They are often labeled as aggressive or having behavioral issues, when in fact it is the result of untreated sleep apnea.”

People with sleep apnea are also more likely to experience mental health issues, Villegas added, such as low mood, irritability, anxiety and depression.

Recognizing sleep apnea

A frequent symptom of sleep apnea is loud snoring, which is usually a clear warning sign for partners or family members in the home.

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But there are some hidden sleep apnea symptoms that could be overlooked, Villegas warned.

These can include waking up frequently at night; waking in the morning with a headache, dry mouth, or sore throat; or feeling fatigued, irritable or in a bad mood during the day.

Other sneaky symptoms of sleep apnea can include night sweats and erectile dysfunction, Villegas said.

Sleep apnea in children can show up as bad behavior, struggles at school, or sleeping in unusual positions, like with their neck extended.

Treating the condition

The most common treatment for sleep apnea is a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, which Villegas described as a “mask worn overnight that pushes pressurized air into the windpipe to keep it open while sleeping.”

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Alternative treatments include a variety of mandibular advancement devices (MADs), which hold the tongue and jaw in the correct position to prevent airway blockages.

Nose, throat and mouth surgery could also help correct these blockages, Villegas said, while tonsillectomies are common in children.

In many cases, lifestyle changes such as weight loss, reducing alcohol intake and quitting smoking can improve or eliminate symptoms entirely, Villegas said.

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Approximately 30 million people have sleep apnea in the U.S. — yet only six million are officially diagnosed, according to the American Medical Association.

For those who believe they may have sleep apnea, Mayo Clinic recommends seeking out a health care provider for examination and treatment.

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Conservatives back Trump, call on Haley to drop out after South Carolina primary

Former President Trump’s victory in the South Carolina Republican primary Saturday night quickly sparked a response from conservatives on social media, many of whom said they believe GOP presidential candidate Nikki Haley should step aside and drop out of the race.

The primary was called for the former president and 2024 GOP frontrunner just moments after polls closed Saturday night, with Trump saying he looks forward to delivering his signature line to President Biden: “Joe, you’re fired.”

“Congratulations to President Trump on another DOMINANT primary election victory in SC,” Florida GOP Rep. Byron Donalds wrote in a post on X. “Nikki Haley has lost BIG in every primary & she’s now lost her home state. It’s clear Republicans want President Trump to be our nominee & Nikki Haley has no pathway to victory.”

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Kansas GOP Sen. Roger Marshall also weighed in on Trump’s victory, writing on X, “Congratulations to President Trump for his landslide victory in South Carolina. It’s past time for the GOP to end this political primary charade and unite behind the clear nominee, Donald J. Trump.”

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah said the “(proverbial) lady is now (metaphorically) singing. Trump won. It’s over. Haley should drop out now.”

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Radio host and former presidential candidate Larry Elder said that Haley “loses and declares victory.”

Haley, however, has said she is staying in the race.

“I’m a woman of my word. I’m not giving up this fight when a majority of Americans disapprove of both Donald Trump and Joe Biden,” she told supporters.

“We’re headed to Michigan tomorrow. And we’re headed to the Super Tuesday states throughout all of next week,” she said.

Commentator Jesse Kelly called on Trump to take a forward-looking approach as he took another step closer to becoming the nominee.

“Time for Team Trump to tighten up messaging and stop talking about Nikki Haley. And Ron DeSantis. Take the W and focus on Biden. Absolutely zero benefit comes from blasting the ones you’ve beaten,” he said.

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When asked by Fox News Digital whether he wanted Nikki Haley to drop out of the race, Trump told Fox News Digital that he’s “really not thinking about that… I’m not thinking about it.” 

“I’m really thinking about we have to beat Joe Biden,” he told Fox News Digital. “I don’t know if she’s in the race at all, because, you know, I have set records in every single state. I’m not sure that she’s really in the race.”

Fox News’ Emily Robertson, Aubrie Spady and Brooke Singman contributed to this report. 

National shortage dramatically slashes training requirements at nursing schools

America needs nurses — and some schools are implementing accelerated programs to train them. 

To shorten the process, these programs cut training time from up to four years down to one.

“I really do think this is a win-win for students and local hospitals and facilities,” said Elizabeth Mann, assistant clinical professor at the University of New England, in an interview with Fox News. She’s based in Maine. 

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Prospective students must have a previous bachelor’s degree and need to complete eight prerequisite courses. 

This is dramatically shorter than the typical two- to four-year nursing program. 

“I think the ability to get a second degree in something like a bachelor’s in nursing is very appealing to many people,” UNE Nursing School’s interim director Donna Hyde told Fox News.

“They don’t have to have a health care background. We will get them there.”

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The new fast-track nursing program at the University of New England is slated to begin in May. 

The goal is to help students get into the workforce sooner, but they’ll have to put in some serious training as well, experts say.

“There’s nothing cut back. They do the same amount of clinical hours, so we allow time for that,” said Hyde. 

“Their schedule may have to be a little more flexible to include consideration of weekends.”

There’s a projected shortage of over 78,000 registered nurses next year, according to the National Center of Health Workforce Analysis. 

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The states most in need of nurses are Washington, Oregon, California, Michigan and Georgia.

“As different states are looking at their own options to increase their nursing workforce, this is one of those options,” Jennifer Mensik Kennedy, the Oregon-based president of the American Nurses Association, told Fox News. 

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The shortened 12-month program not only appeals to students, but will also benefit local health care facilities, Mann said.

Hyde noted that she speaks to many of the nurse administrators at local health care partners, and “they obviously see the need for more nurses sooner rather than later.”

Some have expressed doubt that students can be ready in just a year, Mann pointed out.

​​”They may interpret it as [offering] a lesser quality [of training] or that we are pushing students through, and I do want to emphasize that is truly not the case,” she said.

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Up to 40 students are expected to start the program in May at the University of New England.

Once students complete the program, they will have to pass a national exam — just like a traditional four-year student — to officially become a nurse. 

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Seattle Seahawks legend booked into jail, not his first run-in with law

Seattle Seahawks legend Richard Sherman was booked into a Seattle jail early Saturday morning for allegedly driving under the influence, court records show.

The “Thursday Night Football” pre- and postgame analyst was booked into King County Jail at 4:27 a.m. after his arrest by Washington State Police.

Records show Sherman was still in custody at the time of publication. 

No other information was made available about the arrest.

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Sherman was arrested three years ago outside of his in-laws’ house in Redmond and faced charges of driving under the influence and two domestic-violence-related misdemeanors.

After that arrest, police said Sherman crashed his SUV in a construction zone and tried to break into his in-laws’ suburban Seattle home.

His father-in-law, Raymond Moss, told officers he armed himself with a handgun and fired pepper spray at Sherman to protect his family.

At the time, Sherman said he was “deeply remorseful for my actions” and that he “behaved in a manner that I am not proud of.” He said he had been “dealing with some personal challenges over the last several months, but that is not an excuse for how I acted.”

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He eventually pleaded guilty to first-degree negligent driving, second-degree criminal trespass and speeding in a roadway construction zone as part of a plea bargain and served no jail time.

Sherman spent seven of his 11 seasons with the Seahawks, playing in two Super Bowls with them and winning one. He spent three more seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, losing the 2020 Super Bowl to the Kansas City Chiefs.

He played one final season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2021.

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Sherman was named to the Pro Bowl five times and a first-team All-Pro three times.

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