Judy Pozar: Why I’m voting for Nikki Haley, not Biden, in the primary

Republican presidential candidate former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley speaks at a New Hampshire primary night rally, in Concord, N.H., Tuesday Jan. 23, 2024.

Republican presidential candidate former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley speaks at a New Hampshire primary night rally, in Concord, N.H., Tuesday Jan. 23, 2024. AP PHOTO/STEVEN SENNE

Published: 02-08-2024 9:16 PM

I am planning to vote for Nikki Haley in the Republican primary, because I’ll do whatever I can to prevent the current front-runner (former president Trump) from becoming the nominee. Massachusetts has 40 delegates to award in the Republican primary. If Mr. Trump gets 50.1% of the vote, he gets all 40 delegates. But if he receives 49.9% or less, then the delegates are split proportionally with any other candidate(s) receiving at least 10%. Votes for Ms. Haley can take away delegates from Mr. Trump.

If enough people choose to vote for Ms. Haley in the Republican primary instead of voting in the Democratic primary for President Biden, it could even push her over the 50% mark, and she’d get all 40 delegates! (Biden has the Democratic nomination locked up in Massachusetts and does not need my vote in the primary, so I’ll use it to try to affect the Republican race.)

If you think you can’t vote in the Republican primary because you’re registered as a Democrat, there is still time to easily switch your party affiliation to Undeclared (aka independent), which permits you to vote in either primary.

I will vote for Nikki Haley in the primary to increase the possibility that doing so will lower the delegate count for Trump. Anything I can do to help prevent him from being the nominee and potentially our next president, I am strongly inclined to do.

Judy Pozar

Amherst

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