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Video: Sen. Hagerty Introducing Bill to Not Count Unauthorized Immigrants In Census

WASHINGTON – Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) introduced a bill on Thursday to add a citizenship question to the 2030 census to stop non-citizens from being counted in congressional districts. 

The legislation called the Equal Representation Act is rooted in the idea that unauthorized immigrants are moving to sanctuary cities that historically lean Democratic, helping to inflate population numbers that could be helpful during redistricting. 

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Video: Some Senate Republicans suddenly unwilling to negotiate on border

WASHINGTON- Some Senate Republicans are backing away from border negotiations, responding to calls from former President Donald Trump to abandon the deal. 

For weeks Congress has been working to pass a funding bill that bundled aid for the war in Ukraine and border security, a bipartisan deal that is now in danger of collapse. 

If the bill does clear the Senate, House GOP leadership has said they will kill the legislation.

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Trump voters in New Hampshire say border security a top concern

HAMPTON, N.H. — Heading into the New Hampshire primaries, Hampton resident Linda McGrath knew which candidate would get her vote: former President Donald Trump. 

She held two signs outside a polling station in Hampton — one read “Secure Borders” and the other “No Wars.” McGrath said she is very concerned about U.S. national security.  

“The border is out of control,” McGrath said. “Millions and millions of illegals are pouring over the border and they’re overwhelming our hospitals. Trump had the border secure, and as soon as Biden got into office, he undid all of Trump’s policies.”

McGrath is referencing Biden’s decision to end the Trump-era immigration policy called Remain in Mexico, which returned asylum-seekers to Mexico until their court date in the U.S. 

McGrath is one of many New Hampshire voters who named border security a top reason for voting for Trump in the New Hampshire primary. According to a CNN exit poll, New Hampshire’s Republican primary voters largely cited immigration or the economy as their top issue in the election, with eight in 10 Trump supporters saying that undocumented immigrants should be deported. Trump defeated presidential hopeful Nikki Haley in the primary 54% to 43%. 

Andrew Smith, a professor of practice at the University of New Hampshire, said he is not surprised by the election results. 

Immigration at the border has consistently been a top concern for Republicans over the past several decades, according to Smith, who is also the director of the UNH Survey Center. However, Smith said that the issue has gained heightened visibility in recent years, in part because Trump made immigration the central issue of his 2016 campaign. Smith also noted that Republican governors in border states are now actively transporting migrants to sanctuary cities across the United States. 

“You’re starting to see the political pressure build for some sort of solution in Washington to a greater degree than was before,” Smith said.

Undocumented immigration is on the rise, according to data from the Cato Institute. In 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol had 1,659,206 encounters with undocumented immigrants along the southwest border. In 2023, that number grew to 2,045,838. 

Smith attributed this surge to the continued desire for cheap migrant labor, rather than the consequence of policies from the Trump or Biden administrations.

“America wants cheap labor and what is cheap labor for the United States is a goldmine for citizens of poor countries,” Smith said. “The difference is that the Trump administration made some visible attempts to try to slow that and stop it in its course. Those attempts were more for political consumption than being real, practical solutions.”

Dennis Noonan, a Hampton voter, said he is supporting Trump because he feels that he is the best candidate to tackle undocumented immigration, noting his effort to build a border wall in 2016. The Trump administration built 458 total miles of border barriers, the vast majority of which were in areas where some kind of barrier already existed, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data that was provided to U.S. News. The U.S.-Mexico border spans 1,951 miles. 

Noonan acknowledged that the border wall wasn’t largely effective in curbing undocumented immigration but said that he appreciates Trump’s efforts.

“Trump was handcuffed in just about every corner,” Noonan said. “He took every decision he made about funding from Congress, which was a Democrat-led Congress at the time, so he couldn’t really get a lot done. But I know he was supported by the border security.”

Ron Wilson, a New Hampshire voter, said he supported Trump over Haley because Trump already has a “proven record” over undocumented immigration.

“Trump shut the border down before and got everything under control,” Wilson said. “Haley hasn’t proven herself.”

Christopher Galdieri, a politics professor at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., said he believes that, for many voters, the concern over border security is more of a stand-in for social and racial-ethnic anxiety. The United States Census Bureau predicts that white Americans will comprise the racial minority in 2045 for the first time in U.S. history. 

“For a lot of voters, particularly in states that are not on the Southern border, immigration and border security are about much more than just immigration and border security,” Galdieri said. “They’re about changing demographics in the nation and of fear that they or their children will be left behind.”

Senators worry that government is having trouble keeping up with AI

WASHINGTON – Senators and legal experts on Wednesday questioned the integrity of artificial intelligence in analyzing evidence in criminal cases as more police departments and intelligence agencies turn to artificial intelligence for their core functions. 

The Miami Police Department, however, has seen a drop in homicides and cleared more murder cases by using technology such as AI, according to Miami’s assistant chief of police, Armando Aguilar. He also attributed the improvements to better community relations and other tools, including license plate readers, facial recognition, video analytics, gunshot detection, and social media threat monitoring. 

“The Miami Police Department has successfully leveraged artificial intelligence in the past few years, to great effect,” said Aguilar. Since implementing these changes, Miami has become “safer today than in any other time in our history,” he said. 

Artificial intelligence – whether it’s chatbots like ChatGPT or facial recognition on smartphones – has become ubiquitous and should not be feared when used to solve and prevent crimes, some senators said. 

“It’s not Robocop, it’s not the Terminator, it’s not the Matrix, not Ultron, it’s not even Wall-E,” according to Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.). “The technology acts as an aid to officers, not a replacement, and can help create a “faster, cheaper, more accurate criminal justice system.”

Still, other experts worry that many tools have not been around long enough to regulate properly. 

Since AI cannot be scrutinized or cross-examined in a court of law, these tools may “present troubling obstacles to fair and open proceedings,” said Rebecca Wexler, an assistant law professor at the University of California, Berkeley. 

She told lawmakers that many people have been allegedly wrongfully arrested or falsely accused as a result of bad evidence provided to AI programs, One challenge, she noted, is that many AI software companies do not allow for peer reviews, which are standard for products of such high stakes.  

Congress must allow AI tools to be independently audited, and software companies should be prohibited from invoking privilege as a way to avoid scrutiny, according to Wexler. 

“When academic researchers with no stake in the outcome attempted to actually perform independent research into quality assurance and validation of their product, the company used contract law to stop that from happening,” she said. 

Wexler said the lack of transparency raises concerns over possible algorithm flaws and poor analysis by tech companies and can prevent the algorithms from becoming more accurate and less biased.

False conclusions provided by AI systems present a “legitimate concern,” as poor quality evidence can hurt how emerging technologies operate and lead to false arrests and prosecutorial charges, Wexler said. 

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) said he worries about the ongoing surveillance, especially in underprivileged areas, as law enforcement continues to deploy more sophisticated AI technologies. He said that people in poorer areas may “feel like they are under a surveillance state” and are losing their basic privacy rights. 

As the technology evolves rapidly and new applications are created, lawmakers are struggling to stay ahead of the curve to regulate AI, he added. 

“We have not moved as fast as the innovations around us,” Booker said. “Government has not been able to keep up. ”

VIDEO: How One Small Town Prepared for the N.H. Primary

ATKINSON, N.H. — Every four years poll workers in New Hampshire gear up for the first-in-the-nation primary. In Atkinson, a town of about five thousand voters, ballot clerks are trained weeks in advance and meet the night before. 

Town Moderator Jim Garrity oversees all elections in the town. During the training, he highlighted the significance of their training. 

“One of the reasons New Hampshire has a huge rating as one of the most trusted states is because of you people, because of the training we do,” said Garrity. 

But this wasn’t a typical election cycle. 

President Biden was not listed on the Democratic ballot on Tuesday and ballot clerks across the state had to prepare for a wave of write-in votes, posing a challenge never seen before. 

Undeclared voters also played a pivotal role. After voting they had the choice to participate in a party’s primary and then disaffiliate afterwards. 

“We have the pink and blue slips because anyone who’s undeclared can choose which ballot they want,” said Catherine Zerba, Supervisor of the Checklist. 

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Pro-Palestinian supporters quietly hope ‘ceasefire’ write-in initiative will make an impact

Published Jan. 24; Updated Jan. 25

HAMPTON, N.H. – Pro-Palestinian activists organized an initiative to urge voters in the Democratic primary to write-in “ceasefire” on Tuesday in hopes of sending a message to President Joe Biden. But after the election, it’s not clear to some whether the effort had any meaningful effect.

The movement, named Vote Ceasefire, called on New Hampshire primary voters to use “the power of your vote” to demand a ceasefire in Israel’s war against Hamas that has resulted in a widespread bombing of the Gaza Strip that has killed more than 25,000.

The war in the Middle East has received heavy coverage in the United States recently and Biden is often criticized by pro-Palestinian activists for his broad support of Israel, which has led his administration to send hundreds of millions of dollars in equipment and supplies to the Israeli government

The campaign was partly made possible after the Democrats shook up the order of the nominating calendar at Biden’s behest to make South Carolina the first primary in the nation, but New Hampshire Democrats defied the new rules and held a primary anyway on Tuesday. 

Biden wasn’t on the ballot in the Democratic primary in New Hampshire, nor did he campaign there, but supporters mounted a write-in campaign, resulting in him winning more than 62% of the vote, according to the results posted Thursday from the Associated Press.

“Ceasefire” received 1,497 votes, according to data on Thursday from the Office of the New Hampshire Secretary of State. That was significantly fewer than the nearly 4,700 write-ins Nikki Haley received on the Democratic primary ballot, and also fewer than the 2,055 write-ins Donald Trump had from declared Democrats.

Across New Hampshire the write-in campaign took up very little space at polling stations and in voters’ minds, various political activists contended.

“I think I’ve seen about as many Gaza write-in signs as I have Pete Buttigieg write-in signs, which is not many,” said Harris Wallace, a student advocating for the Biden write-in campaign.

Others in New Hampshire who supported other campaigns expressed skepticism about the effectiveness of the message. 

“I think that as far as policy goes, the most productive thing is to make your vote count,” said Sophia Hall, a student advocating for Biden. “I think by writing ‘ceasefire,’ I admire what they’re trying to do, but at the same time I think voting for the candidate that you think is going to deal with it the best is probably what’s going to create political action.”

According to a study on Annual Reviews, a nonprofit site that synethesizes research literature,  “in most places and most of the time, only small fractions of the electorate” participate in protest voting like this. A movement like this without significant numbers is doomed to fizzle out.

Eric Morgan, who campaigned on behalf of Democratic candidate Dean Phillips, agrees that there are better ways to address the violence. He said writing “ceasefire” would be about as productive as writing “Mickey Mouse” on the ballot. 

“Biden is not going to see all the ceasefire votes. They’re not going to send those to him,” Morgan said.

While some think Biden would be the best candidate to keep the Israel-Hamas conflict at bay, others see Trump as a worthy alternative. 

“Nobody wants war,” Trump campaigner Linda McGrath said. “Four years of Trump, there was no war. I believe it’s because of peace through strength, I’ve always believed in that. ‘Speak softly and carry a big stick.’ People were afraid of Trump.”

Wallace and Morgan, however, both stressed that they supported Americans exercising the right to protest as a method of resistance. Traditional protests draw attention to issues in a way that protest votes cannot.

“If they just did a regular protest and went out in front of the White House like they’ve been doing, in doing that I think that would show a movement with energy, rather than a movement that is failing,” Wallace said.

Use of artificial intelligence by government agencies needs ‘guardrails,’ Klobuchar says

WASHINGTON – Officials at three federal agencies responsible for preserving records and history said Wednesday that artificial intelligence has the ability to improve their jobs, but several lawmakers on the Senate Rules and Administration Committee urged caution in using the technology.

“There is no question that AI is informative, and it is poised to evolve rapidly,” ranking member Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) said in her opening statement. “While AI raises the possibility of creating efficiencies and competitive advantages across [the] government, it also creates risk.”

Carla Hayden, who leads the Library of Congress, testified that AI allows for collaboration across workplaces in both the private sector and government and that making the agency more digitally oriented has been a “key focus” of hers since she became the librarian of Congress in 2016. The Library of Congress’ current strategic plan embraces the central idea that technology must be “baked into all that we do,” she said.

But several committee members noted that high-profile cases of false images and videos have led them to be skeptical. For instance, Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) cited worries over the digital manipulation of voice recordings, a term known as “deepfaking,” in the music industry.

Chair Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) also emphasized the threat deepfaking poses to fomenting misinformation about candidates and polling results during the 2024 election cycle. She referenced bipartisan legislation introduced in September 2023 sponsored by Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Chris Coons, (D-Del.), and Susan Collins, (R-Maine), to prohibit fraudulent AI-generated content in elections.

“There’s some very interesting cross-party support in making sure that our democracy is safe from deep fakes,” Klobuchar said in an interview with the Medill News Service. “I don’t care if you’re a Democrat or Republican – your image and your voice can be used in fake ways.”

While acknowledging the risks associated with breaches to cybersecurity both at the individual and federal levels, Smithsonian Deputy Secretary Meroë Parks praised the ability of AI and other technologies to enable newfound understandings of cultural history. 

One positive example of technology she cited was the Freedmen’s Bureau’s transcription project, which is the Smithsonian’s largest crowdsourcing initiative and transcribes genealogical records of the formerly enslaved. Other data science labs aim to discover historical contributions by women mistakenly attributed to men.

“We and other cultural institutions can collaborate with technology leaders to help improve AI tools, not only for our own use, but for everyone’s,” Parks told lawmakers. Like Hayden, Parks noted the opportunity AI presents for collaboration, especially in higher education.

Hugh Nathanial Hawthorne, director of the Government Publishing Office (GPO), was more cautious, noting that his agency differs from the Library and Smithsonian by producing information on behalf of all three branches of government.

“GPO’s current processes are just as susceptible to disruption from AI as those in any other billion-dollar enterprise,” said Hawthorne.

As companies debate the use of AI in private enterprise, Klobuchar and committee members are continuing to examine its impacts on government agencies.

“[AI] is something that we, in Congress, have to deal with using guardrails,” said Klobuchar. “We must continue working to stay ahead of the curve.”

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United Auto Workers endorses Biden for president

WASHINGTON – The United Auto Workers union endorsed President Joe Biden Wednesday, joining a growing list of unions supporting his re-election bid.

UAW President Shawn Fain delivered the endorsement before Biden’s keynote speech on the last day of the union’s national conference in Washington.

“If our endorsements must be earned, Joe Biden has earned it,” Fain said.

The vote to endorse Biden was unanimous, Fain told reporters. The union has more than 400,000 active members and is expected to hold significant influence in Michigan, a swing state that Biden narrowly won in 2020.

Fain’s remarks drew a direct comparison between Biden’s and candidate Donald Trump’s track record on unions. Biden joined a UAW picket line in September, becoming the first sitting president to visit any picket line. 

Attendees cited the picket line visit as a particularly strong moment in Biden’s track record supporting unions.

“I think that just energizes the people that are in the UAW, to know that our current standing president has been on the picket line with us. That is outstanding,” said Douglas Collins, a Job Security Program representative from the Lima Engine Plant in Ohio. “He’s always supported the union and supported the labor movement.”

In that same month, Trump’s event to address UAW members was held at Drake Enterprises, a non-union business in Clinton Township, Mich. Fain also pointed to Trump’s suggestion in 2015 to move car production from Michigan, where the UAW has a strong presence, to lower-wage states, and his silence during UAW’s six-week General Motors strike in 2019. When a Jeep assembly plant in Belvidere, Ill. shut down, Trump said high union wages were to blame, while Biden celebrated the later deal that saved the plant.

References to Trump triggered boos from the audience.

“Instead of talking trash about our union, Joe Biden stood with us to save Belvidere and save that community,” Fain said. “Rarely, as a union, do you get so clear of a choice between two candidates.”

In his speech, Biden said he was proud to have the union’s support and to give them his in return. He emphasized wins for U.S. workers during his presidency, including bringing in billions of dollars in investment, supercharging advanced manufacturing and using union labor to build electric vehicles.

He also pointed to broader economic indicators, including 14 million new jobs, low unemployment and a swift post-COVID recovery.

“Building an economy from the middle out and the bottom up, not the top down, that’s what I set out to do,” Biden said.

Fain celebrated the union’s November ratification of new contracts with the Big Three automakers, which include raises of at least 25% over four and a half years. Still, he emphasized the continued need to “fight like hell.”

“They said workers could never win back cost of living, but they did. They said we couldn’t bring back a plant that was scheduled to close, but we did. They said we’d never be able to make EV jobs good jobs, they said we’d never be able to get that work under our master agreements, but we did,” Fain said. “We were underestimated then, and I’m sure we’re going to be underestimated now.”

Collins, who has attended multiple UAW conferences, said attendees have been much more energized this year, thanks to new leadership, including Fain and Vice President Mike Booth, elected in December 2022.

“You definitely have a new brand of leadership that’s in office right now that’s setting the tone not only for the UAW but for the country,” Collins said. “This has not been a strike for the UAW auto workers, aerospace workers. This has been a movement for the entire country.”

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Lawmakers and activists condemn China and recommend stronger action after U.N.’s review of China’s human rights violations

WASHINGTON – Activists and lawmakers are calling on the United Nations to push for concrete changes in China’s treatment of Tibetans, Hong Kongers and the Muslim-minority Uyhgurs after the global body released its universal periodic review, or UPR, of China on Tuesday.

The UPR is a regular review of each member-states’ human rights record, allowing nations to make recommendations and criticisms. Activists said they were glad to see 20 countries condemn China, calling the UPR a “turning point” for their cause because the region has lacked global attention.

The report specifically criticized the boarding school system in the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China, where Tibetan children are forced to attend residential boarding schools beginning at young ages to erase their Tibetan culture. Additionally, the countries called out China’s use of forced labor and suppression of Tibetans’ religious freedom. 

“We condemn the ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang; human rights abuses in Tibet, Inner Mongolia, and across China; erosion of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in Hong Kong; and transnational repression to silence individuals abroad,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Michèle Taylor said in her statement in Geneva at the review. 

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) told the Medill News Service that condemning China at the UPR is “important to do.”

Kaine said he would be “open” to supporting further legislation to protect vulnerable regions of China like Tibet. He added that he has been focusing his efforts by using military alliances to “check against Chinese aggression.”

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), co-chair of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, said in a statement to the Medill News Service that the U.N. review “makes clear the global community must continue to put pressure on the People’s Republic of China.”

He also acknowledged Chinese officials’ denial of human rights abuses. China’s national report, submitted as part of the review, included claims that China upholds “the protection of human rights in accordance with the law” and “maintain[s] the equality of all persons before the law.”

Merkley recognized China’s claims as false. “Chinese authorities, instead of using this review as a chance to reckon with their actions and find a productive path forward, have doubled down and attempted to gaslight the global community by denying their violations and encouraging other countries to defend China,” Merkley said in his statement. “If the PRC wants to be respected on the world stage, it needs to prove that it is genuine in meeting its obligations under international law to uphold the universally-protected human rights of its people.”  

Taylor and Tibetan activists also raised concerns about the U.N.’s inability to assess human rights violations within China due to the Chinese government’s tendency to block U.N. experts from entering the country. 

Topjor Tsultrim, an activist from Students for a Free Tibet & Tibet Advocacy Coalition, said that there are at least 25 outstanding visit requests from U.N. officials that China has not allowed. Tsultrim and other activists argued that these visits are necessary to assess China’s oppression and are crucial to Tibet’s future. 

“My parents, who themselves grew up in Tibetan refugee camps in India and watched as the U.N. and international community repeatedly failed to protect Tibetans against China’s violent invasion of Tibet, always told me the U.N. was useless,” Tsultrim said. “Since then, I’ve learned a more tailored criticism … the UPR is an opportunity for the international community by way of the United Nations to protect Tibetans inside Tibet by insisting on China’s cooperation.”

Ahead of the report’s release, a bipartisan group of senators – Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) – signed a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken urging him to ensure the condemnation of China’s human rights violations at the UPR, specifically mentioning detained prisoners and peoples oppressed by China’s government.

“The United States must stand up for the principle of the universality of human rights and help hold the PRC accountable for its ignoring its obligations to respect human rights under international law,” the senators said in the letter. 

Lhadon Tethong, co-founder and director of Tibet Action Institute, said she was happy to see Tibet at the forefront of nations’ priorities after many years of taking little action. “The U.S. has been leading on Tibet, at a time when Tibet was really being dropped by and not spoken about by many governments,” she said. 

Tethong told the Medill News Service that the U.S. should continue working to partner with other governments to institute international sanctions. She said that limiting the travel of Chinese officials will help to hold them accountable for their oppression of Tibetans.

Tethong also recommended that the U.S.approach China’s human rights violations more holistically in the future, rather than playing a “game of Whac-a-Mole” and addressing each issue one by one. 

“If we want to actually push for meaningful change on the ground, we do have to find a way to address the issues together, because they are interlinked,” Tethong said. “The international community can find ways to make sure that this isn’t just about raising one issue at one time and one at another time.”

Haley tells voters she’s a change agent

SEABROOK, NH — On Sunday Nikki Haley addressed a packed dining room at Brown’s Lobster Pound to vote for her on Tuesday, vowing to take the country in a different direction than presidential candidates President Biden and former president Trump. 

“This boils down to, ‘What do you want?” Haley asked the crowd. “Do you want the same, or do you want something new? Do you want to go back to a country where they decide who’s a good person and who’s a bad person… or do you want to come together as Americans?”

Haley’s speech comes on the heels of Gov. Ron Desantis dropping out of the presidential election, which narrowed the Republican primary to a two-person race between Trump and Haley. 

“It’s now one fella and one lady left,” Haley told a cheering crowd. She later added, “May the best woman win.” 

In her stump speech, Haley mentioned the need to secure our border and “go back to the basics in education,” a reference to the conservative push to limit how much students should learn in schools about race, sexuality, and history. She also emphasized the need for national unity. 

Haley’s message resonated with Brad Copithorne, a New Hampshire resident who came to see Haley. 

“We’re at a point in time where we’re so divided,” Copithorne said. “We need to heal. I firmly believe that Haley is someone who can heal the country.”

Fellow New Hampshire resident Chris McClelland said she was impressed by Haley’s speech and appreciated that she didn’t downplay her gender.

“She’s got a lot of energy and she’s fantastic,” McClelland said.

When asked whether she would vote for Biden or Trump in a hypothetical rematch, McClelland said she is not interested in either candidate and is hoping Haley will be victorious in the primary election. 

In an interview with CNN after the event, Haley declared that 70% of Americans do not want to see a Trump-Biden rematch. A NewsNation/Decision Desk HQ poll released Monday found that 59% of registered voters are “not too enthusiastic” or “not at all enthusiastic” about a potential rematch, according to The Hill. 

“I’m going to finish this so Joe Biden and Donald Trump are not an issue at all,” Haley told CNN’s Dana Bash. “That we actually put them in the past and we go forward. Because our country deserves it, and Americans want it. They’re tired.”

Video: Congress avoids a shutdown

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden approved a stopgap spending bill on Friday, preventing a partial government shutdown from taking place this month. 

The bill extends the budget deadline to March 1 and March 8, giving Congress until then to reach an agreement. 

The vote follows weeks of debate, with certain hard-lined House Republicans blaming Speaker Mike Johnson for conducting bipartisan negotiations, believing that a shutdown should be endured until a final budget decision is made. 

While Republicans voted to oust the previous House Speaker Kevin McCarthy for making similar concessions last year,  it appears unlikely they will attempt to remove Johnson from his leadership position at this time.  

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Video: Nikki Haley makes final push in New Hampshire

SEABROOK, N.H. — Republican candidate Nikki Haley was visiting Brown’s Lobster Pound in Seabrook on Sunday when Ron DeSantis announced that he was suspending his campaign for the presidency.

“It’s now one fella and one lady left,” said Haley, to the gathering in the restaurant.

Aiden Neale, a high school junior from Amesbury, Mass., expressed his strong support for Haley. He said he planned to vote for her in the general election – his first chance at voting –  if she’s nominated.

“Well, our first female president would be nice, especially. I think it would also be really cool to have the Republicans get that credit,” said Neale. “And I’ve met all of the candidates and I like what she says the most.”

On Sunday evening, alongside Judge Judy and Governor Chris Sununu, Haley closed out the day with a rally in Exeter. 

With voters set to hit the polls in less than 24 hours, the Republican sentiment for both Haley and Former President Donald Trump becomes increasingly crucial.  

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Medill Today | February 15, 2024