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Haley nabs 128,000 votes in Indiana GOP primary months after ending campaign

Former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley garnered over 128,000 votes in Indiana’s GOP presidential primary Tuesday, according to election results from Decision Desk HQ, despite suspending her White House bid in early March.

While the Hoosier State race was called for former President Trump — with 78.3 percent of the vote — Haley pulled a notable share, bringing in 21.7 percent of the vote.

Her sizable showing Tuesday follows other primaries in which she has notched significant shares of the vote despite leaving the campaign trail over two months ago. Late last month, Haley also nabbed over 150,000 votes in the Pennsylvania GOP primary.

In her speech announcing the suspension of her campaign, the former South Carolina governor refused to endorse Trump, as other previous candidates had. Instead, she said it would be up to the former president to “earn the votes” of her supporters.

“It is now up to Donald Trump to earn the votes of those in our party and beyond it who did not support him, and I hope he does that,” Haley said at the time. “At its best, politics is about bringing people into your cause, not turning them away. And our conservative cause badly needs more people. This is now his time for choosing. “

President Biden and his campaign have made moves to attempt to try and woo Haley voters as it appears many GOP voters are dissatisfied with his opponent. 

“Donald Trump made it clear he doesn’t want Nikki Haley’s supporters,” Biden said in March. “I want to be clear: There is a place for them in my campaign.”

The Biden campaign also dropped an advertisement earlier this yaer with clips of Trump criticizing Haley amid the GOP presidential primary, giving the warning, “If you voted for Nikki Haley, Donald Trump doesn’t want your vote.”

Since leaving the race, it was announced last month that Haley would join conservative think tank Hudson Institute as the Walter P. Stern chair.

“When our policymakers fail to call out our enemies or acknowledge the importance of our alliances, the world is less safe. That is why Hudson’s work is so critical,” Haley said in a statement.

“They believe the American people should have the facts and policymakers should have the solutions to support a secure, free, and prosperous future,” she added. “I look forward to partnering with them to defend the principles that make America the greatest country in the world.”

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