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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Few have navigated the turbulent politics of the Trump period like Nikki Haley.

In early 2016, the then-South Carolina governor stated she was “embarrassed” by candidate Donald Trump and decried his reluctance to sentence white supremacists. 9 months later, she agreed to hitch his Cupboard, serving as a key validator as Trump sought to win over skeptical world leaders and voters at dwelling.

And shortly after Trump left the White Home, Haley, whose resume by then included an ambassadorship to the United Nations, vowed not to step in the way if he ran for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. But on Wednesday, she is poised to change into the primary main Republican candidate to enter the race towards him.

“It’s going to be fairly the high-wire act,” stated veteran Republican strategist Terry Sullivan. “She says she’s at all times been an underdog. She shall be once more.”

The 51-year-old Haley could be the first to tackle Trump, however a half-dozen or extra high-profile Republicans are anticipated to hitch the GOP’s 2024 presidential nomination contest over the approaching months. Some would-be opponents could also be extra standard than Haley even in South Carolina, the place she lives and has established a marketing campaign headquarters.

Doubtless rivals embrace Sen. Tim Scott, a fellow South Carolinian and maybe essentially the most celebrated elected official in a state the place Trump has already locked up endorsements from the governor and its senior senator, Lindsey Graham. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former Vice President Mike Pence may be formidable foes ought to they run, as broadly anticipated.

Certainly, on the eve of this week’s announcement, there’s broad settlement that Haley — the one Republican lady of coloration anticipated within the 2024 contest, a politician who likes to remind people who she has by no means misplaced an election — is about to be examined as by no means earlier than.

Trump has stepped up his assaults on Haley in current weeks. However allies describe the previous governor, who’s the daughter of Indian immigrants, as a savvy government uniquely positioned to steer a brand new technology of Republicans. They perceive that the combat forward may get ugly.

“She took the bull by the horns and stated, ‘That doesn’t matter to me, I’m going to run,'” stated longtime supporter Gavin J. Smith. “She did that when she ran for governor, and that’s what you’re going to see when she runs for president.”

Maybe greater than anybody this younger presidential major season, Haley personifies the Republican Social gathering’s shifting views on Trump. Her reversal on whether or not to problem the previous president was based mostly much less on issues about his divisive management or coverage disagreements than the rising perception throughout the GOP that Trump is shedding political energy.

Haley, just like the overwhelming majority of her social gathering, largely supported Trump even after he impressed a violent assault on the U.S. Capitol. It was not till Trump-backed candidates throughout a number of key states had been defeated in final fall’s midterm elections {that a} wave of high-profile Republicans started to overtly weigh 2024 bids towards him.

New York-based Republican donor Eric Levine says he is satisfied that one other Trump Republican nomination would result in his social gathering’s destruction. Haley, he stated, is among the many three favourite Trump options.

“I believe as a lady of coloration and a daughter of authorized immigrants from India, she’d give the Democratic Social gathering no cause to exist. All their woke crap goes out the window,” Levine stated. “I believe she’s a spectacular candidate.”

Haley’s announcement will happen Wednesday in Charleston, the historic coastal metropolis the place her marketing campaign shall be based mostly. Nearly instantly, she’ll journey to satisfy voters in New Hampshire and Iowa.

She’s entrusted her marketing campaign to a group of senior workers led by longtime aides. Betsey Ankney, who heads up Haley’s PAC, will handle the marketing campaign, with the PAC’s improvement director, Mary Kate Johnson, as finance director, Haley’s staff instructed The Related Press.

Longtime Haley adviser Chaney Denton and Nachama Soloveichik, who was a spokeswoman for not too long ago retired Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey, will head up communications. Strategist Jon Lerner will function senior adviser, and Barney Keller of Jamestown Associates shall be Haley’s media marketing consultant.

For Haley, this week’s launch marks a big step on a protracted street that started in South Carolina’s “Good Outdated Boys Membership,” she wrote in a Friday fundraising attraction.

“Individuals thought I used to be too brown … too feminine … too younger … too conservative … too principled,” she wrote.

Born in 1972 in rural South Carolina, Haley has lengthy spoken of a Southern rural childhood during which she felt she did not match. She was raised within the Sikh religion with a mom who wore conventional saris, and a father clad in a turban.

“Nikki has been often underestimated,” stated Catherine Templeton, a Republican who served Haley in two roles, main South Carolina’s labor and public well being companies. “Nevertheless it makes her work tougher.”

In her first marketing campaign in 2004, Haley, previously an accountant, defeated the longest-serving member of South Carolina’s Home. After six years within the Legislature, she was thought-about a longshot when she mounted her 2010 gubernatorial marketing campaign.

The GOP area was stuffed with extra skilled politicians, and at occasions, she confronted blatant racism. Then-state Sen. Jake Knotts appeared on a chat present and used a racial slur in reference to Haley. He apologized, saying it was meant as a joke.

Nonetheless, Haley turned the primary lady and individual of coloration elected South Carolina’s governor — and the nation’s youngest state government. After profitable reelection in 2014, her second time period was marred by disaster.

She spent weeks attending funerals of Black parishioners gunned down by a self-avowed white supremacist at a Charleston church in 2015. Later that yr, she pushed for and signed laws to take away the Accomplice flag from the Statehouse grounds, the place it had flown for greater than 50 years.

Haley’s political abilities had been examined another way in 2016, as Trump went from late-night tv punchline to critical Republican presidential contender.

She endorsed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio forward of South Carolina’s high-stakes Republican major, then backed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz as soon as Rubio was knocked out.

Then, Haley described Trump as “every thing a governor does not need in a president.” She additionally stated she was “embarrassed” by his assaults towards former President George W. Bush and condemned Trump’s reluctance to disavow the KKK.

However shortly after Trump gained the presidency, Haley agreed to function the brand new administration’s ambassador to the United Nations, a Cupboard-level place.

“I proudly serve on this administration, and I enthusiastically help most of its choices and the path it’s taking the nation,” Haley stated in a 2018 op-ed.

Later that yr, Haley abruptly introduced her departure from the U.N. within the wake of an ethics probe, fueling hypothesis that she would possibly problem Trump in 2020 or change Pence on the ticket. Neither occurred.

As a substitute, Haley returned to South Carolina, joined the board of plane producer Boeing Co. and hit the profitable talking circuit, reportedly commanding charges as excessive as $200,000. She additionally penned two books.

Her public help for Trump continued even after the assault on the Capitol.

“I’m actually happy with the successes of the Trump administration. Whether or not it was international coverage or home coverage, we should always embrace these,” she tweeted three weeks after the rebellion.

Nevertheless it’s unclear whether or not such platitudes will give Haley a lot cushion in a celebration that, for now, stays dominated by Trump and his supporters. Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York, the No. 3 Home Republican, has already endorsed Trump’s 2024 bid. Whereas she declined to remark immediately on Haley’s candidacy, she insisted that Trump would defeat any Republican challenger “by huge margins.”

“It’s time for Republicans to unite round the most well-liked Republican in America,” she stated of Trump.

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