Nikki Haley expected to endorse Loeffler in Senate race

Nikki Haley expected to endorse Loeffler in Senate race
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Nikki HaleyNikki HaleyWill Pence primary Trump — and win? Noem to travel to South Carolina for early voting event Poll: Trump leads 2024 GOP primary trailed by Pence, DeSantis MORE, former GOP South Carolina governor and United Nations ambassador, is expected to endorse Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerHarris's bad polls trigger Democratic worries Schumer, Tim Scott lead as Senate fundraising pace heats up Trump says Herschel Walker will enter Georgia Senate race MORE (R-Ga.) in her special election battle against GOP Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsLoeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run Georgia agriculture commissioner launches Senate campaign against Warnock Poll shows tight GOP primary for Georgia governor 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 TrumpMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine Trump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' 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 IsaksonCritical race theory becomes focus of midterms Former Georgia ethics official to challenge McBath Loeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run 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 McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden sets new vaccine mandate as COVID-19 cases surge Democrats warn shrinking Biden's spending plan could backfire Trump takes two punches from GOP MORE (R-Ky.), and conservative Sens. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnBiden officials pledge to confront cybersecurity challenges head-on Biden's misinformation crackdown spotlights partisan divide on content reform White House looks to cool battle with Facebook MORE (R-Tenn.), Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonChuck Todd is dead wrong: Liberal bias defines modern journalism Ex-Rep. Abby Finkenauer running for Senate in Iowa Poll: Trump leads 2024 GOP primary trailed by Pence, DeSantis MORE (R-Ark.) and Deb FischerDebra (Deb) Strobel FischerBiden officials pledge to confront cybersecurity challenges head-on Lawmakers introduce bill allowing higher ethanol blend in gasoline after ruling Lobbying world 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 MeadowsTrump takes two punches from GOP Watchdog urges Justice to probe Trump, Meadows for attempting to 'weaponize' DOJ Washington Post calls on Democrats to subpoena Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Meadows for testimony on Jan. 6 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 HannityPsaki says Biden admin 'needs' Fox News in order to fight vaccine misinformation Ronny Jackson, former White House doctor, predicts Biden will resign Biden walks fine line with Fox News MORE and conservative radio host Mark LevinMark Reed LevinSunday shows preview: Feds slam social media over COVID-19 misinformation Mark Levin urges Americans to boycott 'woke' businesses Democrats, GOP face crowded primaries as party leaders lose control MORE have announced their support for Collins.