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Ramaswamy expected to pull out. Haley places 3rd in Iowa

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By Randall Yip, Executive Editor

Numerous reports indicate Vivek Ramaswamy has told his staff he will be pulling out of the presidential race for the GOP nomination after placing 4th in Iowa. NBC, CNN and the NY Times are just some of the media outlets reporting he will drop out.

He earned under 8% of the caucus votes among Republican voters…well behind third place finisher Nikki Haley who CNN projects will finish third. She currently has about 19% of the vote, 2 percentage points behind Ron DeSantis.

Exit polls indicated early tonight that Donald Trump would place first in a runaway, some 30% ahead of DeSantis and with just over 50% of the vote.

Haley is already looking ahead to next Tuesday in New Hampshire.

“When you look at how we’re doing in New Hampshire,” she told a room full of supporters, “in South Carolina and beyond, I can safely say tonight Iowa made this Republican primary a two person race.”

It was a clear swipe at DeSantis, who CNN reported had considered dropping out of the race if he didn’t do well in Iowa.

Polls show Haley has pulled ahead of him in New Hampshire and within single digits of Trump.

“The question before America is very clear. Do you want more of the same? Or do you want a new generation of conservative leadership,” she told chanting supporters.

She portrayed herself as the best hope to avoid a Trump-Biden rematch.

Haley will now be under pressure to do well in New Hampshire and place a respectable second behind Trump. Most prognosticators assume Trump will be the GOP nominee, but Haley hopes to upset that thinking.

Haley photo by Glen Youngkin via Wikipedia Creative Commons

Ramaswamy photo by Gage Skidmore via Wikipedia Creative Commons

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