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Nikki Haley expected to endorse Loeffler in Senate race

Nikki Haley expected to endorse Loeffler in Senate race
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Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyThe Memo: GOP mulls its future after Trump O'Brien on 2024 talk: 'There's all kinds of speculation out there' New administration, House turnover raise prospects for more diversity on K Street MORE, former GOP South Carolina governor and United Nations ambassador, is expected to endorse Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerTrump set for precedent-breaking lame-duck period Feinstein departure from top post sets stage for Judiciary fight House Democrat accuses Air Force of attempting to influence Georgia runoff races MORE (R-Ga.) in her special election battle against GOP Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsMajority say they want GOP in control of Senate: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump, Biden clash over transition holdup, pandemic plans Georgia secretary of state says wife has received threatening texts about recount MORE (R-Ga.) on Monday, a source familiar with the announcement confirmed to The Hill.

Haley teased the anticipated announcement in a video posted to Twitter on Wednesday.

“Hi Georgia friends, it’s Nikki Haley and I am coming to Atlanta on Monday with a super exciting announcement. I hope you’ll stay tuned — I look forward to seeing you soon. Take care,” she said in the video.

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The Senate battle in Georgia has become increasingly heated, fueling intraparty attacks, with both camps and their allies attempting to tout their preferred candidate's commitment to carrying out President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden adds to vote margin over Trump after Milwaukee County recount Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  Republicans ready to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden MORE’s agenda and portraying their opponent as being too immersed with “Washington insiders.”

Loeffler, a wealthy financial executive, was appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp (R) to fill the seat of Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonOssoff, Warnock to knock on doors in runoff campaigns Democrats urge YouTube to remove election misinformation, step up efforts ahead of Georgia runoff Democrats press Facebook, Twitter on misinformation efforts ahead of Georgia runoff MORE (R-Ga.) after he stepped down at the end of last year due to a series of health issues.

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Trump had lobbied Kemp to appoint Collins — who played a leading role in defending the president during the impeachment proceedings as the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee — to the seat in November, but the Georgia governor ultimately opted to appoint Loeffler. Trump has since praised Loeffler publicly following her votes to acquit him on House-passed impeachment articles in February.

Sources close to the president told The Hill it’s unlikely Trump will get involved in the race.

Haley’s backing provides Loeffler with another high-profile supporter ahead of the May 19 special election. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden's climate plans can cut emissions and also be good politics Acting Defense secretary makes surprise trip to Somalia As Biden administration ramps up, Trump legal effort drags on MORE (R-Ky.), and conservative Sens. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnSunday shows preview: Biden transition, COVID-19 spike in spotlight Senate GOP to drop documentary series days before election hitting China, Democrats over coronavirus Senate Judiciary to vote on subpoena for Twitter CEO next week MORE (R-Tenn.), Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonThe Memo: GOP mulls its future after Trump O'Brien on 2024 talk: 'There's all kinds of speculation out there' Loeffler isolating after possible COVID-19 infection MORE (R-Ark.) and Deb FischerDebra (Deb) Strobel FischerTech CEOs clash with lawmakers in contentious hearing Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska GOP senators pan debate: 'S---show,' 'awful,' 'embarrassment' MORE (R-Neb.) have also announced their support for Loeffler.

Loeffler has also been making an effort to prove her conservative credentials by meeting with key outside groups and hiring staffers from conservative offices — including several who worked with Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump holds his last turkey pardon ceremony Overnight Defense: Pentagon set for tighter virus restrictions as top officials tests positive | Military sees 11th COVID-19 death | House Democrats back Senate language on Confederate base names Trump administration revives talk of action on birthright citizenship MORE (R-N.C.), one of Trump’s closest confidants in the House — as she faces accusations of being too moderate from the Collins camp.

Numerous state legislators, American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp, Fox News host Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityParents of Seth Rich reach undisclosed settlement with Fox News Palin responds to Obama: 'He is a purveyor of untruths' The evolution of cable TV news — after Donald Trump MORE and conservative radio host Mark LevinMark Reed LevinJudicial interference and the coming constitutional crisis Dwayne Johnson touts surge in Instagram followers after his Biden endorsement: 'Always speak your truth' Ted Cruz hits Fox's Wallace for 'train wreck' debate, pitches new idea for moderators MORE have announced their support for Collins.