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 truth behind Biden's 'you ain't black' gaffe A glimpse of our post-pandemic politics The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Will new therapy drug be a COVID-19 game changer? MORE, former GOP South Carolina governor and United Nations ambassador, is expected to endorse Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerGOP women's group rolls out endorsements ahead of contested races Senators ask DeVos to adjust FAFSA form due to the coronavirus pandemic Bossie, Lewandowski warned Trump he was in trouble in 2020: report MORE (R-Ga.) in her special election battle against GOP Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsGOP women's group rolls out endorsements ahead of contested races Bossie, Lewandowski warned Trump he was in trouble in 2020: report The Hill's Campaign Report: GOP beset by convention drama 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 TrumpSessions accepts 'Fox News Sunday' invitation to debate, Tuberville declines Priest among those police cleared from St. John's Church patio for Trump visit Trump criticizes CNN on split-screen audio of Rose Garden address, protesters clashing with police 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 IsaksonJustice Department closing stock investigations into Loeffler, Inhofe, Feinstein Loeffler runs ad tying Doug Collins to Pelosi, Sanders, Biden The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip 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 McConnellRosenstein steps back into GOP crosshairs Biden to deliver remarks in Philadelphia Tuesday on nationwide protests Senate Republicans urge Trump to tone down rhetoric on protests MORE (R-Ky.), and conservative Sens. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnBipartisan senators call for investigation of TikTok's child privacy policies Sunday shows preview: States begin to reopen even as some areas in US see case counts increase Commerce Department cracks down on Huawei's access to chips MORE (R-Tenn.), Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonThe Memo: Trump lags in polls as crises press Overnight Defense: Esper, Milley part of 'command center' for response to protests over George Floyd killing | Several West Point cadets test positive for coronavirus ahead of Trump commencement speech | UN report says Taliban, al Qaeda not breaking ties The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Former Rep. Delaney says Trump is spewing venom when he should be leading; Protests roil the nation as fears of new virus outbreaks grow MORE (R-Ark.) and Deb FischerDebra (Deb) Strobel FischerBipartisan senators seek funding for pork producers forced to euthanize livestock Top Georgia Republican endorses Doug Collins Senate bid Senators balance coronavirus action with risks to health 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 MeadowsHow Trump cleared the park around the White House for church photo op Trump visits historic DC church after protesters cleared with tear gas Trump to return to Florida for rescheduled SpaceX launch 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 HannityHannity scolds Ozarks partygoers: 'Could be a disaster' for vulnerable Americans Trump lashes out at Fox News after poll shows him trailing Biden Trump complains Fox News is 'doing nothing to help' him get reelected MORE and conservative radio host Mark LevinMark Reed LevinHannity planning first book in ten years: 'Live Free or Die' The Memo: Speculation grows about Fauci's future Top Georgia Republican endorses Doug Collins Senate bid MORE have announced their support for Collins.