On Tuesday, Ms. Haley was expected to visit a couple of polling locations before her watch party at her state headquarters in Concord, N.H.
At Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, N.H., her first site visit on Tuesday morning, at least a half-dozen signs at the entrance promoted Mr. Trump and appeared to be digs at Ms. Haley, including ones that read “Secure Borders” and “No Wars.” His campaign has been painting her as a warmonger and attacking her record as governor, particularly on immigration. Most of the volunteers standing outside and pumping up voters were from the Trump and Biden campaigns.
Ms. Haley arrived at the high school with her own calvary. Her supporters engaged in a battle of chants with the Trump campaign, as competing shouts of “Trump, Trump” and “Nikki, Nikki” filled the air. On hand were her two main surrogates in the state, Mr. Sununu and Don Bolduc, a retired Army brigadier general who unsuccessfully ran for the Senate in 2022.
In a news conference, Ms. Haley rejected claims that Mr. Trump had put her campaign on the defensive in the crucial last days of the race. But just days after sharply questioning the former president’s mental acuity, she once more declared him “mentally fit.” “The problem is do you want two 80-year-olds running for president?” she asked.
She argued that it was not Republican voters rallying behind the former president, but her party’s “political elite.”