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Donald Trump beats Nikki Haley in Missouri and Michigan caucuses

Donald Trump inches closer to the magic number of 1,215 delegates required to secure the Republican nomination

By Web Desk
March 03, 2024
Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley speaks to reporters after voting in the South Carolina Republican primary on February 24, 2024, in Kiawah Island, South Carolina. Former President Donald Trump speaks during the Black Conservative Federation Gala on February 23, 2024, in Columbia, South Carolina. — AFP
Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley speaks to reporters after voting in the South Carolina Republican primary on February 24, 2024, in Kiawah Island, South Carolina. Former President Donald Trump speaks during the Black Conservative Federation Gala on February 23, 2024, in Columbia, South Carolina. — AFP  

Former President Donald Trump has secured decisive victories in both Missouri and Michigan's Republican presidential caucuses, further solidifying his lead over rival Nikki Haley. 

The Show Me State's 54 delegates and Michigan's 39 delegates contribute significantly to Trump's commanding position as he heads towards the highly anticipated Super Tuesday.

The Missouri win adds to Donald Trump's impressive streak, affirming his dominance in the GOP nominating process. With 1,575 votes to Haley's 36, Trump's commanding victory in Michigan underscores the challenge Haley faces as the sole contender for the Republican presidential nomination.

While Trump expressed gratitude on Truth Social, stating, "THANK YOU, MISSOURI! Together, WE are going to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!," the win signifies not only numerical success but also the mounting momentum in his favor.

As Donald Trump inches closer to the magic 1,215 delegates needed for the nomination, Haley lags behind with only two dozen delegates, highlighting the uphill battle she faces. 

Pete Hoekstra, Michigan Republican Party's chair, hailed Trump's victory as "overwhelming" and "dominating," emphasizing the former president's strong position.

The Michigan caucus, marked by internal party turmoil, saw Trump securing all 39 available delegates. Despite pockets of resistance, Donald Trump's overwhelming support reflected a unified front for the party, with supporters praising his attention to the working class.

Reflecting on the outcome, 25-year-old Carter Houtman, the lone Haley supporter in one caucus meeting, acknowledged the challenge ahead but affirmed his commitment to his beliefs. "I didn't like the way that Trump handled himself after the last election," Houtman stated, emphasizing the diversity of opinions within the party.

Dennis Milosch, an 87-year-old Trump supporter, applauded the transformation of the party, noting its shift from big business alignment to a focus on the working class. Amidst the party's internal dynamics, Hoekstra remains confident in uniting Republicans for the common goal of defeating President Joe Biden.