GOP Donor Urges Nikki Haley To Drop Out of Race

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( – A prominent supporter within the Republican party, known for his substantial financial contributions, recently offered some advice to GOP presidential hopeful Nikki Haley, referencing the wisdom of the late country music legend Kenny Rogers. This guidance came in the wake of Haley’s projected defeat to former President Donald Trump in the New Hampshire primary.

Andy Sabin, a GOP donor who leads Sabin Metals, expressed his thoughts during a Fox News interview. Drawing from the well-known Kenny Rogers song “The Gambler,” Sabin suggested that now might be the right time for Haley to consider stepping back from the 2024 presidential race, especially after her loss in New Hampshire.

Previously, in a discussion with Neil Cavuto on “Coast to Coast,” Sabin had metaphorically referred to the New Hampshire primary as a decisive moment for Haley, likening it to “Custer’s Last Stand.” At that time, Sabin had shown a favorable opinion towards Haley as a candidate. However, following the primary results, he indicated that he saw no further advantage in Haley continuing her campaign, particularly with the South Carolina primary on the horizon.

Sabin specifically quoted a line from “The Gambler” to underscore his point: “You have to know when to hold ’em, you’ve got to know when to fold ’em. You gotta know when to walk away.” He then urged Haley to step away.

Further highlighting his commitment, Sabin mentioned on the show “Your World” that he would be the first to financially support Haley should she decide to run in the 2028 election. However, he reiterated his belief that the 2024 race was no longer viable for her, given her significant polling deficit in South Carolina. He said that Trump had garnered substantial local support, including endorsements from Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, along with Governor Henry McMaster.

Despite Haley receiving backing from House Freedom Caucus member Ralph Norman, Sabin expressed his disappointment in the current state of the presidential race. In a separate conversation with CNBC, he lamented that Trump might be his only viable option for political donations in the upcoming election.

Sabin also highlighted the importance of winning one’s home state, suggesting that Haley’s lag in South Carolina was a critical indicator of her campaign’s prospects. He expressed concern that Haley was potentially being misguided by her consultants and staff, who, in his view, might be more interested in maintaining their positions than providing her with realistic advice.

Additionally, Sabin commented on Trump’s approach, noting that while he supports the former president’s policies, he believes Trump often undermines his position with unnecessary attacks and remarks. Sabin concluded that Trump could potentially be an outstanding president if he focused more on policy and less on personal conflicts.

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