Trump wins Nevada caucuses : NPR


Republican presidential candidate and former President Donald Trump stands on stage during a campaign event in Las Vegas on January 27, 2024.

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LAS VEGAS — Former President Donald Trump handily won the Nevada caucuses Thursday as he continues his march toward the Republican nomination.

It was his third major victory after wins in Iowa and New Hampshire, helping to consolidate his control over the party process. He also won the Republican caucuses in the U.S. Virgin Islands on Thursday, adding four delegates to his total.

Trump finished the race with 98% of the vote, with <1% of votes counted, according to the Associated Press.

His main rival, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, received no votes because she was not on the caucus ballot.

By winning the caucuses, Trump will be awarded the state's 26 delegates.

It was the culmination of a confusing nomination process in Nevada, where the state actually held two nomination votes.

Nevada has long held caucuses, but the state legislature passed a law in 2021 switching to simpler primary voting to help increase voter turnout.

But nomination elections are managed by political parties and not by the state.

And the Nevada Republican Party, made up of Trump allies, decided to stick with a caucus, which also rewards delegates.

Haley invested virtually no time or resources in Nevada.

And even though she ran virtually unopposed in the more symbolic Republican primary, she still ended up losing as more and more voters chose the “none of the above” option.

The victory also gives Trump more momentum as they head into the highly anticipated primary in South Carolina, Haley's home state.

Haley vowed to keep fighting. She and her team invested much more time and energy in South Carolina, where she served as governor for six years.

But polls give Trump a sizable lead in South Carolina ahead of the Feb. 24 primary.

Trump told reporters Thursday that he doesn't really care whether Haley continues the race, adding, however, “I think it's bad for the party.”



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