Nikki Haley loses Nevada primary to ‘none of these candidates’ option

Feb 7, 2024



Nikki Haley suffered a largely symbolic, embarrassing defeat Republican Nevada presidential primary While on Tuesday President Joe Biden won easily in the state democratic vote,
There were no delegates at stake in the Republican primary and Haley did not campaign in Nevada, arguing that the dynamic gave former President Donald Trump an advantage. Yet the prospect of coming in second place to “any of these candidates” represents the latest blow to Trump in his longshot challenge to the nomination. Biden won after days of campaigning in the general election battleground state.
Haley spokeswoman Olivia Perez-Cubas said when asked about the result, “Even Donald Trump knows that when you play penny slots the house wins.” “We didn’t bother to play the game that was rigged for Trump. “We are fully prepared for South Carolina and beyond.”
Haley's next face-off with Trump will be on February 24 in South Carolina, where she was once governor. Surveys have put him far ahead.
As of Wednesday, with 64% of Nevada Democratic votes counted, Biden had “none of these candidates” 90% to 5.7%, the Associated Press reported, followed by self-help author Marianne Williamson 2.5%. % Were. According to the AP, with 53.5% of Republican votes counted, Haley had the vote 32.4% to 61.2% for “not for either of these candidates”.
Biden's victory came just three days after he won a landslide victory in the South Carolina primary – the first official contest of the Democratic process – in which he won more than 96% of the vote. Biden's longtime challenger for the nomination, U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota, who finished third in South Carolina, did not appear on the Nevada ballot.
“I want to thank the voters of Nevada for sending me and Kamala Harris to the White House four years ago and for taking us a step further down that path again tonight,” Biden said in a statement from his campaign. “We must organize, organize and vote.”
Trump did not contest the Republican primary because he will attend the party's caucuses on Thursday, where he is the only major candidate in the contest and is expected to welcome all of the state's delegates.
Legislators authorized a state-run primary but Nevada GOP leaders decided to hold their own caucuses to award delegates, an unusual arrangement that sparked criticism that the party was giving Trump an unfair edge.
Biden held a rally Sunday in a historically black neighborhood on the western side of Las Vegas, focusing his attention on Trump, who is close to clinching the GOP nomination ahead of an expected rematch. Biden touted his economic agenda and the gains he made among Black and Latino voters under his administration, saying those progress were at risk if Trump returned to the White House.
On Monday, Biden met with members of the Culinary Workers Union after the group reached a deal with Las Vegas casinos and hotels or ensured expanded negotiations, averting a threatened strike.
In the 2020 general election, Biden won Nevada with the support of Hispanic voters – the state's largest non-white voting group – and 80% of the black vote. However, a Bloomberg News/Morning Consult poll released last week found Biden trailing Trump 48% to 40% in a hypothetical rematch in the state.



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