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2024 Watch: Nikki Haley says her momentum in GOP presidential race comes down to this

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Nikki Haley says her apparent upward trajectory in the race for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination comes down to her telling the “hard truths.”

“I think we’ve spoken a lot of hard truths and I think that Granite Staters appreciate that,” Haley emphasized in a Fox News Digital interview this week in Manchester, New Hampshire, the largest city in the state that holds the first primary and second overall contest in the GOP nominating calendar.

The former two-term South Carolina governor who later served as ambassador to the United Nations in then-President Donald Trump’s administration has seen some momentum since her well-regarded performance in the first Republican presidential primary debate on Aug. 23.

The crowds Haley attracts on the campaign trail in the early primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina appear to be growing. And Haley’s seen her support edge up in some of the latest Republican nomination polls, even though she and the rest of the field remain well behind Trump. On Wednesday, President Biden’s 2024 re-election campaign targeted Haley for the first time.

Hours later, a national poll from CNN indicated that Haley was the only one of the major GOP presidential contenders to top Biden outside the margin of error in hypothetical 2024 general election matchups.

Both the campaign and Haley-aligned super PAC were quick to tout the poll in emails to supporters. 

Get the latest updates from the 2024 campaign trail, exclusive interviews and more at our Fox News Digital election hub.

Paul Steinhauser is a politics reporter based in New Hampshire. 

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