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TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA – DECEMBER 06: Republican presidential candidate former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley at the fourth Republican Presidential Primary Debate in Tuscaloosa, Alabama last month.

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In 2015, then-South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley led the way for the removal of the Confederate Flag from the state Capitol. The move came after a white gunman had murdered nine Black parishioners at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

Fast forward almost eight years. At a town hall in New Hampshire, a voter asked Haley what she believed caused the Civil War. Haley failed to identify slavery in her answer, and she’s been trying to clean up that misstep ever since.

When Haley rose to political prominence a decade ago, she was touted as the future of an inclusive and diverse Republican party. Now, in 2024, she’s trying to win the Republican nomination against Donald Trump, who has used divisive rhetoric and politics to build a political base with unwavering support.

Can Haley win over those voters and the nomination without losing herself?

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This episode was produced by Lauren Hodges and Connor Donevan. It was edited by Courtney Dorning and Megan Pratz. Our executive producer is Sami Yenigun.

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