South Carolina 2024 Republican Primary LIVE: Nikki Haley votes in Kiawah Island ... trends now

South Carolina 2024 Republican Primary LIVE: Nikki Haley votes in Kiawah Island ... trends now
South Carolina 2024 Republican Primary LIVE: Nikki Haley votes in Kiawah Island ... trends now

South Carolina 2024 Republican Primary LIVE: Nikki Haley votes in Kiawah Island ... trends now

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Voters in South Carolina are heading to the polls for the Republican presidential primary in the battle between Donald Trump and Nikki Haley.

Haley is hoping to avoid a crushing defeat to the frontrunner Trump in her home state as she vows to keep fighting in the White House race.

Trump is 30 points ahead in the polls and is already looking ahead to the November election and a likely rematch against Joe Biden.

He will take the stage at CPAC in Washington D.C. at noon before flying south for what he expects to be a victory party. 

Haley has vowed to stay in the race no matter the result, but an embarrassing defeat on home turf could be the final nail in the coffin for her campaign.

She has ramped up her attacks on the former president, 77, and has compared him to Joe Biden with his gaffes. 

Follow DailyMail.com's live coverage from reporters in The Palmetto State ahead of the results on Saturday night. 

South Carolina 2024 Republican Primary: Everything you need to know as the first polls open and Donald Trump looks to crush Nikki Haley in her home state

South Carolina is the fourth and final early contest state in the 2024 Republican presidential primary and voters in the state will have their chance to weigh-in on their preferred candidate on Saturday.

Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley was hoping for a boost in her home state as she remains the last serious contender to try and foil former President Donald Trump's chances of a third straight GOP nomination.

But polling leading up to Election Day show Haley trailing the former president by an average of 30 points.

DailyMail.com breaks down what to watch on primary Election Day in South Carolina.

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Nikki Haley pledges seven-figure ad buy through Super Tuesday in latest signal she WON'T drop out

Haley’s campaign manager Betsy Ankney told reporters Friday night that the candidate isn't done fighting even if she loses to Trump in her home state of South Carolina this evening.

'We know that the math is challenging, but this has never just been about who can win a Republican primary,' she said according to NPR.

'This battle is about who can win in November, defeat the Democrats and finally get our country back on track,' she continued.

Former President Donald Trump floated Friday night that black voters like him more now that he's posed for a mugshot and been criminally indicted 91 times.

Trump was headlining the Black Conservative Federation's Honors Gala in Columbia, South Carolina, on the eve of the state's Republican primary.

The ex-president and 2024 hopeful has been averaging about a 30-point lead over former U.N. Amb. Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor, and received the endorsement of the state's black Sen. Tim Scott last month. 'When I did the mug shot in Atlanta, that mug shot is No. 1. You know who embraced it more than anyone else?' Trump asked the crowd. 'The black population.'

He complained that he got indicted for 'nothing' - claiming that's something black voters understand because they see 'what's happening to me happens to them.'

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CPAC fills up HOURS before Donald Trump expected to address crowd in National Harbor, Maryland, as Nikki Haley stays in South Carolina while primary votes are counted

The main stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is full hours before President Donald Trump is expected to address the crowd while facing off with Nikki Haley in the South Carolina primary.

Thousands of conservatives are humming about the Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor, Maryland, waiting for addresses from former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake and former President Donald Trump.

Nikki Haley caps off the 'Beast of the Southeast bus tour'
Donald Trump wakes up on primary morning to say the Georgia election case should be OVER following release of Fani Willis cellphone data

Donald Trump took to Truth Social on Saturday morning to vent his fury at Fani Willis and demand the Georgia election case should be 'over'.

Cellphone data revealed Wade visited the exact area where the Fulton County district attorney was renting a condo at least 35 times before their admitted affair – at least one of them before she appointed him to prosecute former president Donald Trump in her election fraud case in Georgia.

Willis admitted in a special hearing last week that her ex-lover visited her at the apartment in Atlanta's Hapeville neighborhood, but appeared to shrug off the question and did not specify when or how many times.

'Based on the fact that District Attorney Fani Willis and her Lover were together long prior to the filing date of their Fake Lawsuit against me and many other innocent people, despite their sworn testimony to the contrary, this case must be determined as OVER and, of no further force or effect,' Trump wrote.

'Among other things, in close coordination and conjunction with the DOJ and White House (numerous 8-hour meetings between the Biden people and them in D.C.!), this case was all about stealing close to $1 Million Dollars for Lover Wade, and Election Interference, whereby a vicious and heinous attack is made on Crooked Joe Biden’s Political Opponent. This has never happened in the U.S.A., it is the “stuff” of Third World Countries and Banana Republics!'

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More than 200,000 early voters have already cast their ballots in South Carolina

Voters are trickling to polling places this morning in South Carolina to make their choice between Nikki Haley or Donald Trump.

More than 200,000 have already cast their ballots in the open primary, meaning voters don't have to be registered to a party to take part.

DailyMail.com reporters are on the ground in The Palmetto State as the wait begins for the results.

To pull off an unlikely upset, Haley will need independents and Democrats to show up in droves.

The latest in the polls: Nikki Haley heads into South Carolina primary 30 POINTS behind Donald Trump

A South Carolina poll released earlier this week spelled deep trouble for Nikki Haley.

In nearly two to one odds, Trump, 77, is ahead of former United Nations Amb. Haley, 52, in her home state, which holds the fourth and final early contest of the Republican primary after Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada.

The results came after Haley's state of the race speech on Tuesday where she insisted she is 'far from' dropping out and will remain in the race until Super Tuesday on March 5 despite calls for her to end her bid for the White House.

'I don't think she knows how to get out, actually,' he added.

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Nikki Haley: The polls are open in South Carolina, 'let's do this'

Even though the odds are stacked against her, Nikki Haley is still exuding confidence in the primary in her home state.

She posted campaign video and told her supporters to get out and vote on Saturday morning, despite staring down the barrel of defat.

The former South Carolina governor has vowed to stay in the race until Super Tuesday and keep chipping away at frontrunner Trump.

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