In the establishment’s ever-futile attempts to stop former President Donald Trump from ascending to the presidency once again, the prominent Koch Network led by conservative billionaire Charles Koch recently endorsed former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) for president.
The network’s endorsement comes despite Haley’s inability to reach Trump in polls. Since the former president announced he would seek the presidency in 2024, he has trounced all GOP presidential contenders, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), who is in second place but still trails Trump by 50 points in polls.
The Koch family and their network just endorsed Nikki Haley.
Massive blow to DeSantis.
Still won’t matter.
Everyone but Trump is competing for second place.
— Joey Mannarino (@JoeyMannarinoUS) November 28, 2023
Koch Network’s political group, Americans for Prosperity Action (AFP), recently announced that it would endorse Haley for president in 2024. In 2015, the network endorsed five GOP presidential contenders, all of whom later dropped out because of Trump’s surge in support.
“AFP Action is proud to throw our full support behind Nikki Haley, who offers America the opportunity to turn the page on the current political era, to win the Republican primary and defeat Joe Biden next November,” the group’s senior adviser, Emily Seidel, said.
“Haley will have the full weight and scope of AFP Action’s unmatched grassroots army and resources to help her earn the support of Americans to become the next President of the United States of America,” she added.
AFP’s endorsement comes seven weeks before the first scheduled Iowa GOP primary. So far, Trump has maintained a broad lead over his challengers in the Hawkeye State. The former president currently holds a 42-point lead over Haley in Iowa, according to a Civiqs poll.
AFP vowed to establish “the largest grassroots operation in the country and a presence in all fifty states” to support Haley’s 2024 presidential campaign.
“AFP Action’s endorsement will put thousands of AFP Action activists and grassroots leaders into the field — with a focus on the early primary states — knocking on doors and urging voters to support Nikki Haley,” the group’s memorandum read.
“Additionally, in the coming days, we’ll launch extensive mail, digital, and connected television campaigns to supplement those on-the-ground efforts,” it added.
DeSantis’ campaign weighed in on AFP’s choice to endorse Haley, arguing that such a decision favors Trump, as reported by The Washington Post. The Florida governor’s campaign said any funds spent on Haley “should be reported as an in-kind to the Trump campaign.”