Haley Loses Nevada Ballot to 'None Of The Above'

Haley Loses Nevada Ballot to 'None Of The Above'

Former President Donald Trump did not run as a candidate in the Republican presidential primary held on Tuesday in Nevada, a crucial early-voting state. However, Trump’s absence did not guarantee a victory for Nikki Haley, his only prominent competitor remaining in the race for the 2024 GOP nomination.

While unable to write in Trump’s name, voters in the state-run Republican nominating contest in Nevada had the option to choose “none of these candidates” instead.

Despite her name being on the ballot, Haley, the former two-term governor of South Carolina who later served as Trump’s U.N. ambassador, dismissed the Nevada primary results.

Leading up to the primary, Haley chose not to campaign in Nevada and has not visited the state since delivering a speech at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual leadership conference in late October.

“In terms of Nevada, we have not spent a dime nor an ounce of energy on Nevada,” Haley campaign manager Betsy Ankney told reporters on Monday. “So Nevada is not and has never been our focus.”

As election officials in Nevada continued counting votes Tuesday evening, the former president took to his Truth Social network to target Haley.

“A bad night for Nikki Haley. Losing by almost 30 points in Nevada to ‘None of These Candidates.’ Watch, she’ll soon claim victory!” Trump wrote.

Chris LaCivita, a senior adviser for the Trump campaign, made a reference to Haley’s home state, South Carolina, which is set to host the next significant GOP nominating contest on February 24th.

“More embarrassment coming in South Carolina …the @NikkiHaley Delusional Tour continues,’ LaCivita wrote in a social media post.

Trump, widely regarded as the front-runner for the GOP nomination in 2024, will be listed on the ballot for the presidential caucus being held by the Nevada GOP on Thursday. He is expected to win handily.

The confusion regarding the presence of two simultaneous races originated in 2021 when the Democratic Party, then holding both the governor’s office and the legislature in Nevada, passed legislation replacing the traditional caucuses with a state-run primary election.

The Nevada GOP voiced objections; however, their legal efforts to block the primary were dismissed last year. Unexpectedly, the judge in the case granted permission for the state Republicans to conduct their caucuses, where all 26 delegates will be up for selection.


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