Top Republican Backstabs Trump, Endorses Haley

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – On Friday, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, became the first GOP senator to officially endorse former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley in the presidential race rather than former President Donald Trump who is widely believed to be the front-runner in the party’s primary presidential race.

Murkowski, who is known to be a centrist, announced in a statement that she was proud to be endorsing Haley. She is only the second congressional member to have made this choice, following Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., endorsement of Haley who had served for two terms as the South Carolina governor. 

The Republican Senator proceeded to argue in her statement that the United States required having someone with the right vigor, values, and judgment to serve as the party’s nominee and the country’s next President. She claimed that there was no better option than Haley for that role and that Haley had proved herself to be a strong leader who upheld the party’s ideals. 

The endorsement came shortly before the Super Tuesday primaries, where over one-third of the Republican debates would be awarded. Thus far in the race Trump has won 110 delegates while Haley only has the support of 20. Trump is also leading the Republican primary race according to the RealClearPolitics polling average by 64.9 points. 

Haley argued that she was “grateful” to have the endorsement. In her own statement, she praised Murkowski claiming that she was representing Alaska’s “best” and that she was a “trailblazer.” Haley proceeded to say that the Alaska Senator was an independent voice that did not succumb to the powers in Washington. 

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