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Trump is looking to knock out Haley in today's showdowns

THE Donald Trump he aims to score a knockout blow today Nikki Haleyhis only remaining challenger for the GOP presidential nomination on Super Tuesday, a day when 15 states hold primaries elections.

The former president, who has dominated the Republican race since the beginning despite the criminal charges he faces, has so far swept all but one of the nomination contests.

Although Trump cannot win enough delegates today to be officially declared the winner of the nomination race, if he dominates today's contests again, there will be virtually no suspense left. Today's primaries are held for more than a third of the Republican delegates and more than 70% of the number of delegates needed to secure the nomination.

A third consecutive Republican presidential nomination for Trump will lead to a new duel with Democratic President Joe Biden in the November elections. Biden is expected to comfortably win today's Democratic primary, although activists oppose Biden's policy on Israel and are calling on Muslim Americans and progressives to cast a Minnesota ballot with the word “non-aligned” in protest.

Haley, a former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. under Trump, is facing increasing questions about how long she will continue campaigning for the nomination, especially after she lost 10 days ago in her special constituency of South Carolina.

It has been pledged that will continue until the Super Tuesday matchesbut she hasn't promised anything beyond that, and her campaign has no public events planned for today or later.

Trump leads Haley in all states voting today for which opinion polls are available, according to polling website 538. In California and Texas, which together elect more than 300 representatives, Trump leads by an average of more than 50 percentage points.

But Haley allies see a small window of opportunity to pull out victory in states like Virginia, Massachusetts and Vermontwhich have more of the affluent, college-educated voters who tend to support her candidacy.

Those three states are also among those holding Super Tuesday primaries, and those voting do not need to be registered members of the Republican Party. Independents and moderate voters had favored Haley over Trump in early voting states, according to six Edison Research polls.

Another matchup that could potentially go in Haley's favor is her own Jutewhose Mormons are rather cold toward Trump.

Trump advisers have said they expect their candidate to mathematically unseat Haley no later than March 19, when two-thirds of the states will have voted. Trump's first criminal trial is set to begin six days later in New York, where the former president is accused of falsifying business records to hide payments he made to a porn star so she wouldn't reveal her relationship with him.

Today's primary comes one day after the United States Supreme Court ruled that states cannot exclude Trump from the ballot them under the constitutional amendment that prevents persons who participated in rebellions from holding public office.

The decision, while a victory for Trump, also recalled his efforts to overturn the outcome of the 2020 election, which culminated on January 6, 2021 with a mob attack on the US Capitol.

Trump also faces federal and state charges of election interference, though it is unclear whether those cases will go to trial before the November election. He has also faced federal charges for taking possession of classified documents after leaving the presidency.

Source: News Beast

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