Nikki Haley votes in the South Carolina Republican primary: Defiant Republican ... trends now

Nikki Haley votes in the South Carolina Republican primary: Defiant Republican ... trends now
Nikki Haley votes in the South Carolina Republican primary: Defiant Republican ... trends now

Nikki Haley votes in the South Carolina Republican primary: Defiant Republican ... trends now

Nikki Haley was all smiles Saturday as she arrived to her polling place in her wealthy gated community on Kaiwah Island, South Carolina to vote for herself in the state's Republican primary. 

Haley pushed her mother Raj in a wheelchair and was accompanied by son Nalin, daughter Rena and Rena's husband Joshua as they voted near the Haleys' $2.4 million waterfront home, which she and husband Michael purchased in October 2019 after she left her job as ambassador of the United Nations and joined Boeing's board. 

The 2024 hopeful stood over her mother to help her vote and then told reporters how her mother was educated to be one of the first female judges in India but 'because of the times she was never able to sit on the bench.' 

'And so to be able to go and vote with her, to watch her daughter - cast a ballot for her daughter for president of the United States, tells us everything we need to know about how blessed we are to be in this country and so it is with great gratitude that I go in today excited,' Haley said. 'I always love Election Day.' 

She spoke of 'passionate' South Carolinians showing up to their polling places - as public opinion polls show her trailing former President Donald Trump in her home state by an average of 30 points. 

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley pushes her mother Raj to their polling place on Kiawah Island, South Carolina Saturday, to cast ballots in the state's GOP primary, where she's the final rival against frontrunner, former President Donald Trump

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley pushes her mother Raj to their polling place on Kiawah Island, South Carolina Saturday, to cast ballots in the state's GOP primary, where she's the final rival against frontrunner, former President Donald Trump 

Haley (left) is seen assisting her mother Raj (right) at the polling place Saturday on Kiawah Island. She spoke to reporters about how 'blessed we are to be in this country' after watching her mother cast a ballot for her, a female candidate, in a U.S. presidential primary

Haley (left) is seen assisting her mother Raj (right) at the polling place Saturday on Kiawah Island. She spoke to reporters about how 'blessed we are to be in this country' after watching her mother cast a ballot for her, a female candidate, in a U.S. presidential primary 

After the New Hampshire primary, the last contest Haley competed in for delegates, she said she aimed to get a higher percentage of the vote share in South Carolina. 

In New Hampshire she received 43.2 percent of the vote to Trump's 54.3 percent. 

Asked by a reporter outside her polling place if she felt

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