Koch-Backed Group Throws Its Weight Behind THIS Presidential Candidate, Shaking Up GOP Race

Written By BlabberBuzz | Wednesday, 29 November 2023 08:35
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Americans for Prosperity Action (AFP Action), a political advocacy group backed by the influential Koch family, has officially endorsed former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley for the presidency, according to a memorandum released by the organization.

The Koch family, led by billionaire brothers Charles and the late David Koch, are the progeny of Fred Koch, the founder of Koch Industries. This multibillion-dollar conglomerate is the second-largest privately held corporation in the United States. The Koch network, known for its substantial financial support of Republican candidates, has indicated its endorsement of Haley's presidential campaign, describing her as a candidate capable of ushering in a new political era.

The memorandum from AFP Action reads, "We are proud to fully endorse Nikki Haley, who presents America with the chance to move beyond the current political climate, secure victory in the Republican primary, and defeat Joe Biden in the upcoming November elections." It further adds, "She possesses the necessary skills to spearhead a policy agenda that will address our nation's most pressing challenges and ensure a brighter future for our country."

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The endorsement of Haley by AFP Action is substantiated by polling data and anecdotal evidence from AFP activists in early states. The memorandum states, "Her rise to second place in the polls since August and her strong positioning among supporters of other candidates puts her in a robust position to garner additional support." It also notes that internal polling consistently shows Haley as the strongest Republican contender against Joe Biden in a general election.

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In response to the endorsement, Haley expressed her gratitude in an emailed statement to the Daily Caller News Foundation, saying, "I'm honored to have the support of Americans for Prosperity Action, including its millions of grassroots members all across the country. AFP Action's members understand the high stakes of this election and the importance of not remaining on the sidelines."

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The endorsement comes at a time when Haley's candidacy has been gaining traction within the Republican establishment, outpacing her primary rival, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. A recent Emerson College poll showed Haley receiving 18% support in New Hampshire, a significant increase that surpassed DeSantis. Several major donors have also indicated their intention to back her campaign.

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However, despite the increased attention, Haley still trails behind former President Donald Trump, the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination. According to RealClearPolitics, Trump leads the current field of candidates with an average national support of 47.9%. In New Hampshire, he is ahead of Haley by 27%.

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Andrew Romeo, DeSantis' communications director, criticized the endorsement in an email to the DCNF, stating, "Like clockwork, the pro-open borders, pro-jail break bill establishment is lining up behind a moderate who has no mathematical pathway of defeating the former president." He added that every dollar spent on Haley's campaign should be reported as an in-kind contribution to the Trump campaign. The Trump campaign has not yet responded to requests for comment.

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