As the American election approaches and the polls start to close, the ever-looming question of who will be on the ballot for President is more pertinent than ever. The Republican party, in particular, has been in flux as many of its high-profile officials have come out either in support of President Donald Trump or in opposition to him. A surprising new endorsement has recently been added with the Koch Network announcing its support for former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.
The Koch Network is a group of over 700 wealthy donors founded by billionaire conservative businessman Charles Kach. It has been influential in promoting a wide variety of conservative interests including pro-business initiative and lowering taxes. However, they have recently been vocal in their opposition to President Trump’s policies. This endorsement signals their intent to find a different Republican candidate that meets their ideals. It also demonstrates that this massive donor group is ready to support someone else for the upcoming election.
An important factor in the process of this endorsement has been the ‘Open Letter’. This document was signed by over 70 prominent figures in the country and expresses a similar sentiment to the Koch Network of finding a new face for the Republican Party. With this letter and the endorsement from the network, it is clear that momentum has been building for Nikki Haley.
This endorsement also serves as a wake up call for President Trump who has been somewhat complacent and taken for granted the loyalty of his base among the wealthy elite. He must face the reality that he no longer has the solid backing of wealthy donors that he once did but instead must work to convince them of the merits of his policies and platform.
Ultimately, with the Koch Network’s endorsement of Nikki Haley, Republicans have a fresh face that they can rally around in the upcoming election. It is clear that they are looking to find an alternative candidate to represent their values better than the current President. This endorsement will certainly make the race for the Presidency more complex and interesting and it shows the immense power of certain donor and advocacy groups.