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Nikki Haley exits Republican presidential race

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Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced Wednesday that she is exiting the Republican presidential race and urged presumptive nominee Donald Trump to “earn” the support of voters who backed her

Nikki Haley exits Republican presidential race

“The time has now come to suspend my campaign. I said I wanted Americans to have their voices heard. I have done that. I have no regrets,” Haley said during remarks in Charleston, South Carolina, following a series of losses in GOP nominating contests on Super Tuesday.

Haley congratulated Trump in her address but did not endorse him.

“I have always been a conservative Republican and always supported the Republican nominee, but on this question, as she did on so many others, Margaret Thatcher provided some good advice when she said, ‘Never just follow the crowd. Always make up your own mind,’” the former governor said.

“It is now up to Donald Trump to earn the vote – those in our party and beyond it, who did not support him. And I hope he does that,” she said.

Haley, who was Trump’s US ambassador to the United Nations, also used the speech to swipe at the former president’s isolationist foreign policy views, saying, “Our world is on fire because of America’s retreat.”

“Standing by our allies in Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan is a moral imperative. But it’s also more than that. If we retreat further, there will be more war, not less,” she said.