Haley campaign touts $16.5 million fundraising haul ahead of first rally in Super Tuesday state

Nikki Haley heads to California on Wednesday, where the Republican presidential candidate is scheduled to headline her first rally in any of the 15 states that hold nominating contests on Super Tuesday in early March.Ahead of her western campaign and fundraising swing, the former two-term South Carolina governor who later served as U.N. ambassador in former President Donald Trump’s administration is aiming to spotlight her momentum as she faces a steep uphill climb for the 2024 GOP nomination against her former boss.Here’s a snapshot of where the battle to lead the Republican Party stands. DELEGATE COUNT AFTER NEW HAMPSHIRE: DELEGATES NEEDED TO WIN: 1,215 DELEGATES REMAINING: 2,367ONE NEW POLL: President Biden is having a difficult time competing with former President Trump on issues such as the economy and the border, despite recent job growth numbers and slowing inflation. Biden trails Trump, the front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination, by 23 points when voters were asked who would be a better candidate to handle the economy, according to the results of a national NBC News poll released Sunday.TWO NEW FUNDRAISING DEVELOPMENTS: Haley’s team says they hauled in $16.5 million in fundraising last month across all of their campaign committees, including $11.7 million from small-dollar grassroots supporters.Squad members Reps. Cori Bush, D-Mo., and Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y., have both so far been out-raised by their more moderate Democrat challengers, as primary threats mount.ONE NEW ENDORSEMENT: Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., is throwing his support behind Trump-backed Republican Bernie Moreno for the Ohio Senate. Tuberville made the endorsement ahead of the state’s heated March primary race, where Moreno is challenging GOP candidates Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose and state Sen. Matt Dolan for the Republican nomination.ONE NEW ‘SNL’ APPEARANCE: GOP presidential candidate Nikki Haley joined the cast of “Saturday Night Live” on Saturday to take several shots at former President Trump during a mock CNN town hall. ONE KEY QUOTE: Get the latest updates from the 2024 campaign trail, exclusive interviews and more at our Fox News Digital election hub.
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