Former President Trump is expected to win the Nevada GOP caucus, according to Decision Desk HQ, two days after fellow Republican Nikki Haley lost in a primary that didn't count for the nomination.
THE state GOP rules banned Haley from the caucus due to her participation in the primary, where she suffered an embarrassing defeat to “none of the above candidates.” The state party said it would only award delegates to the Republican National Convention (RNC) to the winner of the caucus.
The dates of the Republican primary and caucus, just two days apart, have caused confusion among voters in the Silver State.
Despite a plan under a new state law to hold a presidential preference primary, the Nevada Republican Party said it would effectively ignore the results of the state-run primaries and move forward with the configuration of its long-standing caucus.
“Your primary vote means nothing. It’s your caucus vote,” Trump told supporters in Las Vegas last month.
Trump won the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primaries in January, winning 32 delegates from the 1,215 Republican candidates needed to get the party's nod. There were 26 more up for grabs in Nevada, according to Decision Desk headquarters.
Although the state GOP said only the caucus would impact delegate allocation, Silver State voters were allowed to participate in both contests. Nevada Gov. Joe Lombardo (R) told the Nevada Independent he plans to vote in both races, siding with Trump in the caucus and voting for “none of the above” to the primary.
With the warring divide in the primary caucus, Haley and Trump, who now face each other in the Republican presidential race, did not face off directly in Nevada.
Attention now turns to South Carolina, Haley's home state and the next state to vote in the Republican calendar with its primaries on February 24. After finishing behind Trump in Iowa and New Hampshire, Haley had to wonder how she would fare in the Palmetto State. , where Trump obtains a significant lead in the polls.
But Haley emphasized confidence heading into the next competition.
“In New Hampshire, I gained 25 points in three weeks,” Haley said last week. “We are anywhere and everywhere in South Carolina.”
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