Trump Faces Warning Signs in Indiana Primary As Haley’s Zombie Campaign Surprises

( – In the 2020 presidential election, former President Donald Trump easily won Indiana with 57.1% of the vote to President Joe Biden’s 41%. With the exception of the 2008 presidential election, the state has been solidly red. However, the recent Indiana primary indicated that not all Republican voters in The Hoosier State support Trump, raising concerns about his success there in November.

What Happened?

On May 7, the results came in for the Indiana primary, showing Trump winning the majority of the Republican vote. However, it wasn’t a landslide. Out of the nearly 590,000 votes cast, over 128,000 people voted for former GOP presidential candidate Nikki Haley, who dropped out of the race in March. Regardless, she drew nearly 22% of the vote away from the former president — one out of five ballots.

It’s been months since Haley was in the face, showing a clear rift in the Republican party. It’s unclear if that block of voters will throw their support toward Biden, Trump, or sit the election out altogether. While Haley voters might not cost Trump the state of Indiana, they do send a message to his campaign.

The Associated Press gave a further breakdown of the demographic voting for the former South Carolina governor. Most of her support came from urban and suburban counties in Democratic areas of the state. The Biden campaign concluded that the support for Haley in those areas highlighted Trump’s shortcomings in the suburbs.

Haley Voters

After Haley dropped out of the race following Super Tuesday in March, President Joe Biden invited her supporters to join his campaign. While the president admitted there was a lot Haley voters wouldn’t agree with him about, he said he “hope[d] and believe[d]” there was “common ground” to be found. He said that Trump made it clear that Haley voters aren’t welcome in his campaign but said there was “a place for them in [his] campaign.”

Before the former SC governor left the race, Trump said that anyone who supported Haley was “permanently barred from the MAGA camp.” After she dropped out, he invited them in while insulting them and Haley. It seems, at least in Indiana, that campaign technique was ineffective in garnering support.

Haley’s campaign advisor didn’t publicly comment about the Indiana primary results. However, the former governor has made it clear that she does not endorse Trump for another term in the White House. The former president didn’t comment about Haley’s voting block in Indiana.

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