Nikki Haley Comes Out On Top In GOP Debate

Among Republican viewers, former Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley fared better than conservative entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy in the third GOP presidential debate.

Of the probable Republican primary and caucus voters who watched the third debate, 34% believed Haley fared the best out of the five contenders, according to a 538/Washington Post/Ipsos survey. In second place, Florida’s Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, was declared the winner by 23% of voters.

Most people thought Ramaswamy gave a poor performance, but 15% said he gave the finest performance. After former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (named by 24%) and South Carolina Senator Tim Scott (named by 12%), Ramaswamy was deemed to have had the poorest performance by 29 and 28 percent, respectively.

During the two-hour NBC News-hosted discussion, tensions rose amongst the five contenders. Haley labeled Ramaswamy “scum” after he noted her daughter’s use of the app TikTok, and Ramaswamy responded by calling Haley “Dick Cheney in 3-inch heels” in answer to a question about foreign policy.

Haley implored Ramaswamy to “leave my kid out of your voice” as boos rang out from the crowd. Her final comment was, “You’re simply slime.”

Five-and-a-half percent of voters said Haley did an outstanding or excellent job, while just one-third thought Ramaswamy did so. DeSantis also earned overwhelmingly positive audience reviews: 53% said he performed a flawless or perfect job.

While the survey found that both Haley and DeSantis had solid support, former President Trump remained well ahead in the primary, with support from 63% of respondents. DeSantis received support from 48% of respondents, while Haley received support from 38%.

Seven hundred thirty-one likely Republican primary or caucus voters who caught the discussion on November 8 were surveyed on November 9-10. It’s potentially off by as much as 4.1 percent.