EXCLUSIVE: Former President Trump said he is “very honored” by his New Hampshire primary win Tuesday night, telling Fox News Digital that the Republican Party is “very united” behind his candidacy.
Trump won the first-in-the-nation primary Tuesday night, defeating former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. Trump also won the Iowa caucuses last week.
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During an exclusive interview with Fox News Digital shortly after the race was called, Trump said he was “honored.”
“I’m very honored by the result,” Trump told Fox News Digital.
Trump said he was “looking forward to going against the worst president in the history of our country.”
New Hampshire — where independent voters who make up roughly 40% of the electorate can vote in either major party’s contest and have long played an influential role in the state’s storied presidential primary — was considered fertile ground for Haley. And Haley spent plenty of time and resources in the state, and secured the influential endorsement of popular Republican Gov. Chris Sununu of New Hampshire.
But Trump dominated, for a second week in a row, in both critical early voting states.
When asked if he felt Haley would suspend her campaign, he said: “I don’t know, she should.”
“She should because, otherwise, we have to keep wasting money instead of spending on Biden,” Trump said. “If she doesn’t drop out, we have to waste money instead of spending it on Biden, which is our focus.”
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Trump, who was joined at a rally Monday night in New Hampshire by his former opponents who then endorsed him — including Sen. Tim Scott, Vivek Ramaswamy, and Gov. Doug Burgum — said the party is united.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis also suspended his campaign on Sunday and endorsed Trump.
“The party is very united except for her,” Trump told Fox News Digital of Haley.
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“The party is very united and we’re looking forward to going against the worst president in the history of our country,” he said.
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But Haley, during a speech after the race was called, touted that she got close to half of the vote in New Hampshire. She said she is “the last one standing next to Donald Trump,” and added that the race is “far from over.”
“New Hampshire is the first in the nation, not the last,” Haley said. She is now looking ahead to South Carolina’s primary on February 24.