GOP presidential hopeful Nikki Haley goes after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in a new attack ad that mocks his recent performance in the polls. Haley’s numbers are up in New Hampshire, where she is now in second place to former President Donald Trump after an endorsement from Governor Chris Sununu.
Haley attacks DeSantis campaign
Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s campaign attacked DeSantis for “lying” about her and says the Florida governor has been “losing ground” and is now trailing the former South Carolina governor.
“Have you noticed something different about Ron DeSantis lately?” the narrator asks in the ad, titled “The more Ron loses, the more he lies.” “Yeah, we noticed, too: Ron DeSantis is lying about Nikki Haley.”
It’s no mystery
“I wonder why? Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley’s numbers are on the rise. Less than a year ago, DeSantis was leading Donald Trump and polls of Republican voters. But he has been losing ground for months now, trailing Nikki Haley.”
Haley now a serious contender
“You can no longer call this a two-person race between former President Trump and someone like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. And that is because of Nikki Haley.”
Accuses rivals of lying
Toward the end of the ad, Haley’s voiceover appears to accuse the other presidential candidates, namely DeSantis and Trump, the current GOP frontrunner. “If these fellas have to lie to win, they don’t deserve to win,” the ad says.
Haley surging in polls
The ad boasts about Haley’s momentum over the last few months, driven partly by her strong debate performances. Recent polls show her closing the lead on Trump in New Hampshire, which holds its first-in-the-nation primary on January 23.
Haley catching up with Trump
A new University of New Hampshire/CNN poll shows the gap between Trump and Haley is down to single digits, with 39 percent of likely Republican primary voters backing the former president compared to Haley’s 32 percent. The poll shows DeSantis lagging far behind at just 5 percent.
Haley receives governor’s backing
The polls back data from several December surveys that show Haley, now backed by the popular Republican Governor Chris Sununu, surging into a clear second place in New Hampshire.
Boosted her numbers
Haley started rising in the Granite State polls after the first Republican presidential primary debate last August but didn’t see her numbers rise above the teens until the end of 2023, around the same time Sununu endorsed her campaign.
DeSantis focuses on Iowa
DeSantis has turned his attention to Iowa, visiting all 99 counties. But despite making the Hawkeye State the focal point of his campaign, he has recently polled in the same range as Haley.
Trump skips GOP debate again
Both DeSantis and Haley will have the opportunity to make a final audition at the CNN debate before the January 15 Iowa caucuses begin. Trump will skip the debate to participate in a Fox News town hall that will run at the same time.