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GOP Donor Has Advice for Haley Straight from Kenny Rogers: ‘Know When to Fold ‘Em’

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Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley faced a double-digit loss in the New Hampshire primary, prompting calls for her to exit the GOP race.

Despite support from some donors, including Andy Sabin, who previously backed her but now advises her to step back, others are pausing donations after her defeat.

The message is clear: there’s little path to victory, and staying in the race could harm her political future.

“I have news for all of them. New Hampshire is first in the nation. It is not the last in the nation,” Haley said.

“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.”

While some suggest saving resources for a potential future run, others emphasize the need to recognize when to fold.

“Do you know who Kenny Rogers is?” Andy Sabin said.

“‘You have to know when to hold ’em, you gotta to know when to fold ’em. You gotta know when to walk away.’ It’s time for Nikki Haley to walk away.”

He would be “the first person to write her a check for president in 2028,” but there was no path for her to secure victory this time around.

“There’s absolutely no upside to her going to South Carolina, and there’s a tremendous downside,” he said. “She’s down by 31 points now — that’s the last I heard in South Carolina — she’s got two senators and a governor supporting Trump.”

However, as Cavuto pointed out, if the race were called this early in 1980 or 1992, Ronald Reagan or Bill Clinton wouldn’t have been president.

“Look, if you can’t win your own state, there’s no reason to go on … There’s no upside,” he continued. “She’s surrounded by consultants and staff, they don’t want to lose their paychecks, so they tell Nikki Haley what she wants to hear, not what she should hear.

“And what she should hear: There’s no viable path to continue. You can only harm yourself by going to South Carolina and losing by 30-plus points in your home state. It’s political suicide.”

“As long as [Trump’s] the Republican nominee, I’m going to support him. There is no reason — I hope Donald is listening — where he couldn’t be the best president we ever had,” Sabin said, noting that Trump often “sticks his foot in his mouth.”

“She’s going to lose her money train,” Sabin said. “She’s going to lose her donors. Why not save that money in the event — she’s got 2028, but suppose something unknown happens to Trump over the next six or seven months? She has some money to step in again, if she had.”

“Save your money instead of giving it to these consultants and her staff, save it for a rainy day — whether it be 2028 or whether it be stepping in because Trump has a legal problem,” Sabin said.

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