March 1, 2024

CONCORD, New Hampshire — Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel predicted late Tuesday that Donald Trump will be the GOP’s 2024 nominee after his wins in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary.

“We have never had a nominee in our party that has won without winning either Iowa or New Hampshire,” McDaniel told Fox News.

“I’m looking at the math and the path going forward, and I don’t see it for Nikki Haley. I think she’s run a great campaign,” McDaniel went on.

“There is a message that’s coming out from the voters, which is very clear: We need to unite around our eventual nominee, which is going to be Donald Trump.”

McDaniel, 50, is a close ally of Trump, 77, and the 45th president lobbied RNC members to keep her in place last year after the party underperformed in the 2022 midterm elections.

Ronna McDaniel commended the 2024 GOP field but predicted that Donald Trump is going to be the winner. AP

Live election results from New Hampshire

With 94% of the estimated New Hampshire vote counted as of 11 a.m. Wednesday, Trump had 54.4% support compared to 43.3% for Haley, the former South Carolina governor.

“We don’t do coronations in this country. We do elections,” Haley campaign spokesperson Olivia Perez-Cubas told The Post in response to McDaniel.

“The political elites can back Donald Trump, but Nikki Haley will continue to fight for the nearly 50% of Republican primary voters and the 70% of all Americans who don’t want a Biden-Trump rematch.”

Nikki Haley pushed back on chatter from the “political class” counting her out. Amanda Sabga/UPI/Shutterstock

Haley herself was quick to declare Tuesday night she would keep up the race, even as polls across the US show her as a decided underdog.

“Now, you’ve all heard the chatter among the political class. They’re falling all over themselves saying this race is over,” Haley told supporters in Concord.. “I have news for all of them. New Hampshire is first in the nation. It’s not last in the nation.”

“This race is far from over. There are dozens of states left to go. And the next one is my sweet state of South Carolina!”

Donald Trump has similarly encouraged his fellow Republicans to unify around him. REUTERS

Haley’s most important surrogate in New Hampshire, Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, quickly fired back at McDaniel. 

“With all due respect to Ronna McDaniel, to say that we’re just going to call it after two states … saying we don’t want to hear from all the other Republicans in the nation because it’s getting too close — that’s nonsense,” the govenror told “Fox & Friends” Wednesday. 

“You got to let the voters decide, not a bunch of political elites out of DC.”

On Tuesday night, McDaniel insisted that Trump and Haley’s respective performances “isn’t the RNC speaking, this isn’t the establishment speaking — this is the voters speaking.”

She also contended that with Haley not participating in the Feb. 8 Nevada caucus and on track to lose her home state by a wide margin, the end will likely come sooner rather than later.

“What’s the most important thing going forward?” McDaniel said. “Every Republican has to agree that Joe Biden is a threat to our country and if we do not unite, and if we don’t come to coalesce to beat him, then we’re not going to be successful.”

McDaniel also told Fox that Trump has not consulted her about who could be his running mate despite widespread speculation about the veepstakes.

“Please pick a VP that could that could be president,” she said.