Republican presidential candidate, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley speaks throughout a marketing campaign rally on the Indigo Hall and Events venue on Feb. 5, 2024 in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
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Former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley misplaced Nevada’s Republican presidential main to “none of these candidates,” NBC News projected.
Haley was the one Republican candidate on the poll Tuesday, however she was not the one alternative on the poll. Nevada voters additionally had the choice of voting for “none of these candidates.” Votes had been nonetheless being tallied in the wee hours of Wednesday morning.
Former President Donald Trump was not on the poll, and there is not going to be any delegates awarded from Tuesday’s outcomes.
Behind the state’s primary-plus-caucus schedule this 12 months is a rift between Nevada’s Republican Party and its Democratic-controlled state legislature.
It started in 2021, when the legislature enacted a brand new election regulation requiring the state to carry a main elections. The transfer was an try and shift away from the caucus format and provides extra individuals the prospect to take part in the nominating contests.
But the Nevada Republican Party opposed the change, and it opted as an alternative to carry its personal caucuses and successfully ignore the first.
As a end result, Republicans are competing in two completely different presidential contests in Nevada this week — although solely the caucus winner shall be allotted the delegates to place in direction of the 1,215 wanted to win the nomination.
Trump is working just about unopposed in the caucus, as a result of Haley selected to seem on the first poll as an alternative. Candidates could solely take part in one contest.
Haley marketing campaign supervisor Betsy Ankney downplayed the significance of this week’s Nevada contests. “We haven’t spent a dime nor an oz. of power on Nevada,” she stated in a press name Monday morning.
She additionally criticized the Republican party-run caucus system, which is extra favorable to Trump — a candidate with a really loyal base — than a big, statewide main would possible be. Especially a main the place “None of these candidates” is an choice on the poll.
“We aren’t going to pay $55,000 to a Trump entity to take part in a course of that’s rigged for Trump,” Ankney stated of the state Republican get together’s caucus.
“Nevada isn’t and has by no means been our focus. I’m really unsure what the Trump group is as much as on the market, however they appear fairly spun up about it,” she added.
The former president has lengthy handled his main opponents as a sequence of minor distractions on the highway to an inevitable rematch with President Joe Biden.
Trump received the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire main, and polls present him far forward in South Carolina, which can maintain its GOP main election later this month.
Haley is Trump’s final actual Republican challenger left. She has vowed to proceed her marketing campaign even when she finishes second in South Carolina, her dwelling state the place she as soon as served as governor.
As her electoral path narrows, Haley’s marketing campaign has sharpened its assaults on Trump, arguing he’s a weaker option to face Biden in a normal election. The marketing campaign has reduce adverts criticizing Trump’s age and “unhinged” temperament, whereas calling him a hen for refusing to conform to a debate.
Correction: A earlier model of this story contained an NBC News Decision Desk projection that was later retracted.