First primary election success for Nikki Haley: Trump rival wins in the capital Washington

Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley has scored her first victory in the US Republican presidential primaries. According to US media, the 52-year-old clearly prevailed against former President Donald Trump in the capital Washington on Sunday. Haley received 63 percent of the vote, Trump received 33 percent. The former governor of the state of South Carolina won the 19 delegate votes that are awarded in the US capital.

However, Haley’s success is unlikely to change the overall course of the Republican presidential race. Trump, who has won all previous primaries, is almost certain as the winner and wants to close the bag on the so-called Super Tuesday on Tuesday.

Then the Republicans will hold primaries in 15 states, including the most populous US states California and Texas. Haley is expected to throw in the towel if she doesn’t achieve success on the day.

The primary elections run until the beginning of June. The Republican nomination convention will take place from July 15th to 18th in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There, the delegates elected in the primaries will formally vote on the candidate. The Republicans need at least 1,215 of the 2,429 delegates for the nomination.

Trump wants to defeat incumbent Joe Biden of the Democratic Party in the presidential election on November 5th. Biden, who defeated Trump in the 2020 election, is seeking a second term.