New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu is anticipated to throw his support behind Republican presidential contender Nikki Haley, according to sources familiar with the matter.
Despite maintaining a robust lead in polls, Haley has found herself in second place behind former President Donald Trump, whom Sununu has openly criticized.
Governor Sununu, boasting high approval ratings in his state, will make the endorsement announcement at an event in Manchester alongside Haley. While Sununu has engaged with other Republican candidates, including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, his endorsement of Haley holds particular weight due to his prominent position in New Hampshire politics.
“I look forward to joining Nikki at her town hall this evening — it’s going to be a lot of fun,” stated Sununu in a released statement, stopping short of confirming his endorsement intentions.
The New Hampshire governor has been actively involved in the presidential campaign, encouraging voters to interact with candidates before the state’s crucial first-in-the-nation primary in late January. His collaboration with Haley includes joint appearances at campaign stops in November, emphasizing the importance of connecting with candidates on a personal level.
Despite Haley’s surge in popularity, some New Hampshire voters express a desire for an alternative to Trump. Noel Searles, a New Hampshire retiree and former Trump supporter, voiced concerns about the former president’s current demeanor, stating, “I like the idea that Nikki Haley has a lot of the same policy views that he does, but I think that his arrogance right now is a detriment, and I’m not so sure that he’s electable.”
As Sununu inches closer to officially endorsing Haley, the political landscape in New Hampshire becomes increasingly dynamic, with potential implications for the trajectory of the Republican presidential race.