• Mon. May 20th, 2024

Nikk Haley loses Republican Nevada primary to ‘none of these candidates’

In the Nevada Republican primary on Tuesday, an embarrassing defeat was suffered by Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley, who finished behind ballots marked “none of these candidates” by Donald Trump supporters, as reported by Edison Research.

The only major Republican candidate contesting the party’s Nevada primary on Tuesday was Nikki Haley, who is the last remaining rival to frontrunner Trump for the Republican presidential nomination. Notably, Trump was not on the ballot. Meanwhile, U.S. President Joe Biden secured an easy victory in Nevada’s Democratic presidential primary, garnering 90% support with over 70% of votes counted. As an incumbent president, Biden faces minimal opposition within his own party for re-election.

Former President Trump is set to secure all of Nevada’s delegates in a separate caucus vote on Thursday, moving closer to clinching the nomination after back-to-back wins in Iowa and New Hampshire. It’s worth noting that Trump did not compete in Tuesday’s primary, which held no weight in the Republican presidential nominating contest. Importantly, Nikki Haley is not on the ballot in Thursday’s caucus.

In Tuesday’s primary, Republican voters had the option to mark their ballots as “none of these candidates,” and Haley’s refusal to drop out of the Republican nominating contest has caused tension with Trump. With over two-thirds of Republican ballots counted, Haley had 32% of the votes, while “none of these candidates” secured over 61%, according to Edison Research.

The rival Republican caucus on Thursday, run by the Trump-friendly state party, is almost certain to lead to Trump’s victory, as he is the only candidate on that ballot. This victory would secure all 26 delegates to the Republican National Convention in July when the party formally nominates its candidate.

It’s essential to understand that both the Republican primary on Tuesday and the Republican caucus on Thursday allow voters to participate. Nevada’s Republican governor, Joe Lombardo, a Trump supporter, had stated that he would vote “none of these candidates” on Tuesday and caucus for Trump on Thursday.

The conflicting Republican ballots stem from a conflict between the state Republican Party, led by Trump allies, and a 2021 state law mandating a primary. Despite Trump’s urging to ignore Tuesday’s primary during a visit to Nevada, the state Republican Party decided to stick with a caucus on Feb. 8.

While Haley has pledged to stay in the Republican nominating race, facing a potential last stand in her home state of South Carolina on Feb. 24, she lacks a clear path to the nomination and trails Trump significantly in South Carolina, according to opinion polls.

Biden, who campaigned in Nevada on Sunday and Monday, immediately shifted his focus to Trump after securing victory, stating, “Donald Trump is trying to divide us, not unite us; drag us back to the past, not lead us to the future.” Biden appeared on the ballot alongside self-help author Marianne Williamson and other lesser-known Democratic challengers.

Despite the limited impact of Tuesday’s results on the nominating contests, Nevada is expected to be a hotly contested battleground in the upcoming presidential election, given its swing-vote potential and a population that can sway to either party. In 2020, Biden narrowly defeated Trump in Nevada by 2.4 percentage points, and opinion polls suggest a close rematch between Biden and Trump in the state. Notably, Nevada has a sizable Latino or Hispanic population, comprising about 30% of the state’s population according to the U.S. Census, and Republicans are making inroads with these voters nationwide. Additionally, the state has many potential swing voters, with 768,000 registered as “non-partisan,” outnumbering both Democrats and Republicans, according to the latest state figures.


Mbiydze is a web and graphic designer, digital marketer, and founder of a group of companies including CHEETAH CAMEROON, MBIYDZELA DIGITAL and PULSEBEAT ENTERTAINMENT  He is an ambitious entrepreneur with experience in various fields.
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