New Hampshire —Concord Mr. Anderson went through a snowstorm last week to meet his Republican primary candidate in New Hampshire. He is unsure how far he will back her if she gets the nomination.
Jackson's 73-year-old independent voter Anderson loved Nikki Haley's Mount Washington Hotel speech. He opposes the former U.N. ambassador's idea to pardon former President Donald Trump if convicted of any of his crimes. He answered, “That bothers me.” “I’ll vote for her in the primary, but I’ll see if she says that in the general election.”
Haley's greatest chance of challenging Trump for the Republican nomination is to win over New Hampshire's independents, including some who may not vote for her in November, without upsetting conservatives. Another Republican who struck the perfect balance was John McCain in two GOP primary wins. Those victories predate Trump's emergence and the GOP's rightward moves in the state and nation.
“It’s a very difficult needle to thread,” said Nathan Shrader, an associate professor of politics at New England College, “because if she makes too much of an overt play for independent voters, that could be a turnoff for some of the Republicans who we know in the Trump era are more conservative than they might have been a generation
Unaffiliated voters—nearly 40% of New Hampshire voters—can vote in the GOP primary, but Democrats cannot. That makes them a crucial target, despite their diversity. A CNN/University of New Hampshire survey released Sunday revealed that 67% of registered Republicans planning to vote for Trump. However, 58% of undeclared voters supported Haley.
The Tuesday-Friday survey indicated 47% of registered Republicans in the state dislike Haley, compared to 31% who like her. Trump is liked by 76% of Republicans and disliked by 16%. Haley was liked by 42% of undecided persons and disliked by 32%. Only 34% of the same group likes Trump, compared to 59% who don't.
The survey was released before Ron DeSantis withdrew Sunday afternoon. Some left-leaning Haley fans questioned at her appearances are ideologically different but determined to defeat Trump. Some Republicans support her programs.
Corinne Pullen combines both. Canterbury's retired 68-year-old nurse Pullen praised Haley's “strict and strong” foreign policy and vows to cut government expenditures. She calls Trump “narcissistic braggadocio buffoon.” “When I compare these two candidates, it is a no-brainer who I would feel comfortable and safe having in the White House,” she stated.